motherhood

Maternity and Divinity

Maternity brings to mind a quartet of virtues that a mother possesses in a pre-eminent way:  creativity, tenderness, enthusiasm, and godliness.

Creativity:

Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty, the courageous defender of the Church during the Communist occupation of Hungary, had an exceptionally strong affection for motherhood. In his book, The Mother, he penned an eloquent tribute to all mothers, emphasizing their particular closeness to God: “The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any…

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