Monday, January 2, 2012

A celebration of motherhood

The following  reflection was brought to my attention recently, and I would like to share it with you.   It was written by Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty, who was Primate of Hungary in the 1940s.
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 cathedral – a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body … The angels have not been blessed with such a grace.  They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven.  Only a human mother can.  Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature; God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation … What on God’s good earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother?

This is in stark contrast to the UN CEDAW Committee which is intent on eliminating all traditional stereotypes without any discernment as to which ones may or may not be beneficial to marriage and which ones may be actually harmful.
This committee has in the past criticised many nations for not abolishing stereotypes for women in the role of "Mother" and they want to abolish "Mothers Day" which they see as a "sex role stereotype".