Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

Motherhood is considered an honorable and necessary role in the family, in the Church, and in society.

Catholics pray for their own mothers, whether living or deceased, and show their gratitude for their protection, guidance, and love.

Catholics also give thanks to God for creating women with the unique gift of bearing children and bringing new life into the world.

Mary, the Mother of God and our mother, is also honored by the Catholic Church during the month of May.

A secular holiday in the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

A blessing for mothers:

Motherhood is THE symbol:

She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband, too, praises her: “Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.”

Proverbs 31: 27-29

Mothers encounter God and his love in the midst of their families:

The unique role of mothers in society:

Motherhood implies from the beginning a special openness to the new person: and this is precisely the woman’s “part”. In this openness, in conceiving and giving birth to a child, the woman “discovers herself through a sincere gift of self”. The gift of interior readiness to accept the child and bring it into the world is linked to the marriage union, which – as mentioned earlier – should constitute a special moment in the mutual self-giving both by the woman and the man. According to the Bible, the conception and birth of a new human being are accompanied by the following words of the woman: “I have brought a man into being with the help of the Lord”. This exclamation of Eve, the “mother of all the living” is repeated every time a new human being comes into the world. It expresses the woman’s joy and awareness that she is sharing in the great mystery of eternal generation. The spouses share in the creative power of God!

Pope John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, 15 August 1988

Injecting prayer into a mother’s daily life:

How mothers pray:

Respect for parents (filial piety) derives from gratitude toward those who, by the gift of life, their love and their work, have brought their children into the world and enabled them to grow in stature, wisdom, and grace. “With all your heart honor your father, and do not forget the birth pangs of your mother. Remember that through your parents you were born; what can you give back to them that equals their gift to you?”

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2215

The mother that Jesus gave to you from the Cross:

The model of a mother’s strength:

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