Spiritual Mothers: Icons of Mary and of the Church

Pope Francis (May 8, 2013 >>>)
While speaking to religious women, the Pope said a few things that perfectly apply as well to lay woman, both single and married, who have consecrated their lives to Mary and embraced the charism of spiritual motherhood:

"Chastity generates spiritual children in the Church.  ...May this joy of spiritual fecundity motivate your life; be mothers, as a figure of Mary, Mother, and of Mother Church. It is impossible to understand Mary without her motherhood; it is impossible to understand the Church apart from her motherhood and you are icons of Mary and the Church."

"What would the Church do without you? She would lack your motherhood, warmth, tenderness and motherly intuition!"

 

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