Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Gospel Reading today Mark 7:14-23
"It is what comes out of a person that makes him unclean. For from the inside, from a person's heart, come the veil ideas which lead him to do immoral things..deceit, indecency, jealousy, slander, pride and folly- all these evil things come from inside a person and make him unclean." Mark 7:20-23

If you think about it as mothers, we are constantly keeping things clean. In one day, we clean faces, wipe little baby bottoms, wash hands, clean tables, wash dishes, wash clothes, give baths, wipe toilet seats, sweep the floor (umpteen times), brush teethes, brush hair, and the list goes on of our daily "cleaning" duties. This is precisely why our work everyday is holy....for we are keeping the ones under our care CLEAN! As we think nobody ever helps us stay clean, we are wrong. Everyday, the Holy Spirit is helping us stay clean through the sacrifices we perform everyday for our family. Through the "dirty" work of motherhood, we are being cleansed. We are being made holy. There is no other work on earth that measures up to the cleansing of motherhood. A friend of mine has an aunt who is a nun and when she came to stay in her home, the nun told her that all of the work of a nun does not compare to the work of a mother. Powerful words for sure!!

As we are constantly keeping our little rugrats clean, today let's look deep in our hearts and find where we need to "clean house". What is keeping you from becoming more holy? Are you jealous of a friend's plush way of life? Are you bitter towards your husband? Are you consumed with the way you look? Are you consumed with materialism and wanting more? Are you consumed with being perfect? Whatever it is today, clean out those worries in your heart or idea of a better life. Look deep within and find Jesus and look at your family and realize at that moment you have everything you need. We have a jump start to holiness through motherhood. Nurture and tend to the holiness you perform everyday and strive to become more holy. The outcome will be far more than you every could think of or dream of. For you will be at peace and get a taste of living heaven here on earth. In turn, your children will yearn for holiness through your content heart and loving eyes.

"He is generous even to exhaustion; and what is most wonderful is, that He gives Himself thus entirely, not once only, but every day, if we wish it."
-- St. Ignatius of Loyola

Sound familiar? Thought she was talking about you? Funny how she is talking about Jesus and it relates so much to motherhood. Perfect example of the holiness in the work we is the Holy Spirit's best work and how blessed we are that it is through motherhood!

Blessings to you this Wednesday!

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