If saints are made in the thousands of little daily decisions we make and actions we take, more than in the extraordinary moments that might get noticed or praised; and if by calling someone a “saint” we mean that they habitually exhibit the self-sacrificing love of Jesus–if these two statements are true, and I believe they are, then mothers are the saints among us. Who more consistently lays down their lives for others?
Amy Julia Becker, a regular contributor at Christianity Today’s her.meneutics blog, wonders “. . . how many young women realized they are also embarking on a hero’s journey when they become mothers. Not just mothers with exceptional challenges–I’m talking about run-of-the-mill mothers with typical children, the soccer moms and stay-at-home moms and full-time working moms alike. Every one of them has the makings of a hero.”
From the two households of my own life, I am deeply grateful for my mother, Dixie Warner (pictured here), who raised four children as a single mom, and for Christine, who regularly lays down her life for our four children–they are graced with an exquisite love. And to all the mothers, grandmothers and spiritual mothers in my life, in your life, and in our parish life: thank you for showing us the heart of God.