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God-filled Mothers

In our present, fallen condition, the love we as mothers have for our children enables us to see more clearly into the window of our children’s souls, beholding their God-given glory more easily than other people are able to do.

The truth is, most of us fail to truly recognize the beauty in those around us. In a perfect world, untainted by sin and selfishness, we should look at everyone with the loving eyes a godly mother has for her child. 

—from The Church Is Our Mother: Seven Ways She Inspires Us to Love by Gina Loehr

Great Love, Great Truth

God does not love us because we are good; God loves us because God is good. Nothing humans can do will inhibit, direct, decrease, or increase God’s eagerness to love. That is the one absolute of biblical faith, as Pope Francis says, and all else is relative to it. All other claims to some theoretical “absolute truth,” even by the Church, are all in the head, and that is not where we need truth.

For us, the word has become flesh. So we need to first find truth in relationships and in ourselves, and not in theories. Only great love can handle great truth.

—from the book Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi by Richard Rohr

Christ Dwells Within Us All

As members of a Church that promotes a culture of life, we are called to celebrate the lives of those who may not look like us or act like us. Learn to see each person, regardless of his or her challenges, as a human being specially created by God.

It may be easier for us to volunteer at a shelter to feed the homeless than to show love and compassion for an autistic boy, a little girl with Down syndrome, or a disabled person in a wheelchair in our own parishes. Look for ways to recognize Christ in each of them. As it reads in Matthew 10:42: “And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

—from the book Joyful Witness: How to be an Extraordinary Catholic
by Randy Hain

A Faith Like Mary's

Mary is our Mother, and she loves us deeply. Because she is a child of God herself and loves us so very much, she wants us to experience that same joy of being a child of God. She understands how important and powerful his love is, and she knows how profoundly God loves each of us individually and uniquely. She will intercede for us, invoking the Holy Spirit to lead us to God the father.

—from the book Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace by Marge Steinhage Fenelon

The Sign of the Cross

What a wonderful habit it is to make the Sign of the Cross, to bring Christ to our minds and to our hearts as we carry the crosses of life on our shoulders.

With this sign, we participate in the mystery of the Trinity and are reminded that from the Father came the Son, and from them, the Holy Spirit, who gives us the strength and the knowledge to bear witness to the truth.

—from the book Amazing Graces: The Blessings of Sacramentals
by Julie Dortch Cragon