Spiritual Mothers

Happy Mother’s Day to our Spiritual Mother par excellence and Spouse of the Holy Spirit!

     …and Happy Mother’s Day to all religious sisters who are spiritual mother’s of souls! Have you thought much about this fact…that consecrated women are “spiritual mothers”? If you have never considered it I invite you to do so. And there is a crying need for spiritual mothers! Souls who will offer themselves in union with Christ to bring the fruits of redemption to men and women TODAY…right now…in Myanmar, in all those places torn by war and natural disaster, by abuse and neglect and so on.

     In fact, a recent letter from the Congregation for the Clergy heartily recommended to the people of God Eucharistic adoration for the sanctification of priests and for priestly vocations. It also noted the need for religious women, consecrated to God, to renew their commitment of spiritual motherhood for priests and all of God’s sons and daughters. A beautiful book was published earlier this year full of stories of mothers and Consecrated women whose lives of self-sacrifice greatly influenced vocations especially to the priesthood. Don’t miss reading it here.

     In our Rule & Constitutions in the section on the Vow of Consecrated Chastity there is a meaningful paragraph on spiritual maternity:

     “United to Jesus Crucified with bridal love, they live profoundly the death-resurrection mystery which begets the serene and intimate joy of spiritual fecundity in Christ.”

     To all of you Catholic, single young women…is Jesus calling you to be His spouse? Joining you to Himself in an intimate way and making you a partner in the redemption of the world? If He is calling you may our Blessed Mother obtain the grace for you to give a generous response!

 

2 thoughts on “Spiritual Mothers

  1. I think a Spiritual Mother can help us not only by example, words, and actions–but especially by their objectivity. They do not necessarily see us through the rose colored glasses that our earthly mothers do. Most of us have had Godly mothers and this is a great blessing, but due to the ability of a Spiritual Mother to be objective, and show us areas where we may need to grow or change that our earthly mothers may not see. Sometimes it is also easier to share hearts with a Spiritual Mother because for the most part they understand where we are coming from because they most likely have been there themselves. As Daniela said, “We can learn many Godly examples–actions and/or words from them.” However, if I may caution a bit, in my opinion we should be careful not to strive to emulate our Spiritual Mother only. Rather we should strive to emulate Jesus and His Mother as well. Just my thoughts.
    Abby

  2. Querida Irmã, esse texto que você escreveu é muito bonito! Fiquei feliz quando cheguei no Mosteiro Santa Gema e a Madre estava comentando sobre esse convite da Sagrada Congregação para o clero e vejo que vocês estão em conexão… Lá no Mosteiro, elas estão fazendo a adoração perpétua em alguns momentos de oração da Comunidade. Ainda está em “ad experimentum” em Laudes e também na hora da recitação do Terço e Completas. Como as senhoras estão fazendo? A maternidade espiritual é muito importante, como atesta tantos exemplos que lemos e conhecemos…
    Um abraço e reze por mim!
    Your friend,
    Daniela

    Translation by our Abby (God reward you Abby!)
    Dear Sister, The text that you wrote is very pretty. I was happy when I went to St. Gemma Monastery and the Mother (Superior–understood) was commenting seriously about your convent–a Sacred Congregation with a clear vision, which you have shown. In the Monastery they are doing perpetual adoration and other times of prayer in the community. It is still in the experimental stage with Lauds also being receited at the same time as Terce and Compline. Is this the way that you ladies do it? A spiritual mother is very important, as she is one who can show you many Godly examples by both words and actions.
    A hug and a kiss from me,
    Daniela.

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