Are you looking for a little motivation as a mother?
We’re about halfway through our homeschool year and it struck me that I was feeling a bit burnt out. We had a nice Christmas break, and it was great to get out of our home and take a little vacation. But I felt a kind of lag in getting back to work and I knew I needed some inspirational from Saints and Scripture.
Please enjoy, even if just to read the beautiful words. But I hope it helps some of you who might also need a recharge. God Bless!
St. Edith Stein:
“To be a mother is to nourish and protect true humanity and bring it to development.”
“The woman’s soul is fashioned as a shelter in which other souls may unfold.”
St. Thérèse of Lisieux:
“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.”
Ven. Bishop Fulton Sheen:
“Not only a woman’s days, but her nights - not only her mind, but her body must share in the Calvary of motherhood. That is why women have a surer understanding of the doctrine of redemption than men have: they have come to associate the risk of death with life in childbirth, and to understand the sacrifice of self to another through the many months preceding it.”
St. Gianna Molla:
“One earns Paradise with one’s daily task”.
“Look at the mothers who truly love their children: how many sacrifices they made for them. They are ready for everything, even to give their own blood so that their babies grow up good, healthy and strong”.
St. Pope John Paul II:
“Thank you, women who are mothers! You have sheltered human beings within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail. This experience makes you become God's own smile upon the newborn child, the one who guides your child's first steps, who helps it to grow, and who is the anchor as the child makes its way along the journey of life.
Thank you, women who are wives! You irrevocably join your future to that of your husbands, in a relationship of mutual giving, at the service of love and life.”
"Who can find a woman of worth?
Far beyond jewels is her value.
Her husband trusts her judgment;
he does not lack income.
She brings him profit, not loss,
all the days of her life.
She seeks out wool and flax
and weaves with skillful hands.
Like a merchant fleet,
she secures her provisions from afar.
She rises while it is still night,
and distributes food to her household,
a portion to her maidservants.
She picks out a field and acquires it;
from her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength;
she exerts her arms with vigor.
She enjoys the profit from her dealings;
her lamp is never extinguished at night.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
and extends her arms to the needy.
She is not concerned for her household when it snows—
all her charges are doubly clothed.
She makes her own coverlets;
fine linen and purple are her clothing.
Her husband is prominent at the city gates
as he sits with the elders of the land.
She makes garments and sells them,
and stocks the merchants with belts.
She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and laughs at the days to come.
She opens her mouth in wisdom;
kindly instruction is on her tongue.
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.”
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Acclaim her for the work of her hands,
and let her deeds praise her at the city gates."
And finally, Our Lady of Guadalupe:
“Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?”
What kinder words than those from Our Blessed Mother! She sets an example of how, not only can we come to her for help, but of how we should be towards our children as well.
Do you have any other favorite quotes? Please share them in the comments below.