Monday, September 15, 2014

Woman, Motherhood, Our Spiritual Mother and The Synod on the Family

Woman, Motherhood, Our Spiritual Mother and The Synod on the Family

In commemoration of the September 15 memorial of the Sorrowful Mother, the “feast day of Mary Co-redemptrix,”we are happy to send you the following article entitled, “Woman, Motherhood, Our Spiritual Mother, and the Synod on the Family.” It is written in preparation for the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family and in preparation for the 2015 Ordinary Synod on the Family. It is only through a proper understanding of the nature of woman and motherhood and its appropriate appreciation that we can properly experience a renewal and restoration of authentic family life. Moreover, the sublime example and the powerful intercession of Mary, the world’s Spiritual Mother, is quintessentially needed for the sanctification of the family, the New Evangelization, and for the peace and grace so urgently needed for the family, for the Church, and for the world. -Ed.

I. Woman and Mother: Intercessor of Life and Love for the Family

Who is woman, and what is at the heart of the vocation of motherhood?

St. John Paul II captures both the nature and the vocation of woman when he writes that a woman is called to testify to the existence and the depth of the love “with which every human being—man and woman—is loved by God in Christ.”1 The specialmission of every woman is “to welcome and to care for the human person.”2 Our time in particular “awaits the manifestation of that ‘genius’ which belongs to women, and which can ensure sensitivity for human beings in every