In Mulieris Dignitatem, St. John Paul II writes: “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.’”
Pope Francis and the Vatican have offered two prayer resources to Catholics to encourage the faithful to persevere during this time of quarantine.
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As a mom, I frequently feel like I have failed. Another day rolls around, only to make the same mistakes again. Sometimes I wish I could focus on one problem at a time, get better, then move on to something greater. But instead of the space to succeed, we mothers oftentimes ARE bombarded.
Whether you are a cradle Catholic or a convert like me, this has probably been the strangest Lent and Easter of your lifetime. Not being able to attend Mass has been a painful and challenging experience.
Most parents know the pedagogical technique of putting their child in “time-out” when the child has misbehaved. Take her from the place where the bad behavior is occurring and take her to another place (a stair step from your house) so that she can spend some time “thinking” about what she did wrong.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our landscape is shifting on a daily basis. We are all floundering about, trying to find somewhere solid and unchanging to place our feet. Some people are trying to stand on the stones of blame, pointing the finger at politicians and God.