Whilst speaking with a group of more experienced Catholic moms I shared a small portion of my frustration with motherhood and how I need to be reminded in the goodness of this vocation. They all smiled and nodded and laughed, not at all condescendingly, but as they remembered feeling exactly the same way.
Then one of them shared with me a thought that brought great peace, reassurance and encouragment to me: to mother is to do the Works of Mercy every single day, over and over again.
Wow. Thank God I heard that.
The works of mercy are the actions of saints. And that's what I want to be - a saint. Yet I had always figured becoming a saint had more to do with how I felt about what I was doing than what I was actually doing. I always felt I was lacking in my mothering and therefore in the progression of my vocation (my path to holiness, to sainthood). But with those words I saw that nothing was lacking. God really hadn't given me more than I could handle; quite the opposite as He had given me everything I needed!
Already this has brought a change to my interactions with my children. Changing their diapers, dressing them, playing with them, reading to them, feeding them, loving them - all of this has been easier to do and done more joyfully.
Praise God for all of this!
The corpral works of mercy
•To feed the hungry
•To give drink to the thirsty
•To clothe the naked
•To shelter the homeless
•To visit the sick
•To visit the imprisoned
•To bury the dead
The spiritual works of mercy
•To instruct the ignorant
•To counsel the doubtful
•To admonish sinners
•To bear wrongs patiently
•To forgive offences willingly
•To comfort the afflicted
•To pray for the living and the dead
Almighty God, I pray that you bless all those who read this post. Help them, provide for them, bless them and show them Your love. Amen.
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