1. “Motherhood is the gift of God to women.”

"Motherhood is the gift of God to women." —Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Our world today treats motherhood as a curse—something to be avoided or put second to a career. But motherhood is indeed a gift from God. Children are not a commodity that we produce on a whim. Each child who comes into the world is a person who will never be repeated. Just as we need to revere the life of every child, so should we also honor all mothers who give themselves selflessly in the vocation of motherhood.

2. “Anything that destroys God’s gift of motherhood destroys His most precious gift to women—the ability to love as a woman.”

 

"Anything that destroys God's gift of motherhood destroys His most precious gift to women—the ability to love as a woman." —Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Our society tells women that they can turn their fertility on and off like a light switch. How sad that we value women only as long as their natural life-giving ability doesn’t get in their way. God created women to give themselves completely to their husband and children. Love is about selflessness, not about control.

3. “How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gift that brings such joy to the whole world!”

 

"How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gift that brings such joy to the whole world!"—Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Every year, we thank our mothers on Mother’s Day for choosing to give us life. But what about the other days of the year? We know how hard it is to be a mom, and we know well the sacrifices motherhood takes. Today, show your mother (and the moms in your life) how grateful you are to God for their sacrifices.

Even though she wasn’t a physical mother, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta knew that every child was a special gift from God and that no child is ever truly unwanted. She was prepared to adopt any child off the streets and to give that child love and care. As pro-lifers, we must be more sensitive to the needs of others around us. Would any of us drop everything to adopt a child in danger of abortion?

4. “That special power of loving that belongs to a woman is seen most clearly when she becomes a mother.”

 

"That special power of loving that belongs to a woman is seen most clearly when she becomes a mother." —Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Women are natural nurturers and caregivers. Motherhood takes this nurturing trait even further. What mother wouldn’t wake up in the middle of the night to help her sick child or spend hours on her hands and knees in service to her family? Motherhood shows us that love is the complete gift of oneself.  

5. “No job, no plans, no possessions, no idea of ‘freedom’ can take the place of love.”

 

"No job, no plans, no possessions, no idea of "freedom" can take the place of love." —Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Society tells women to wait until their education is complete or their career is established to have children. Motherhood is the highest calling because through accepting God’s gift of another person’s life, mothers participate in God’s creative plan for humanity. Motherhood is the most important job on earth.

Many mothers facing unexpected pregnancies wonder how they will manage. This Mother’s Day, consider supporting a pregnancy resource center in your area to help women in need.

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