Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Essence of Spiritual Motherhood

What is Spiritual Motherhood?
Spiritual Motherhood is a type of maternity women experience by grace, within their call to holiness, in imitation of Mary, Mother of Priests.1 This type of motherhood “according to the Spirit” is made possible by participating in Mary’s universal Spiritual Motherhood.2

When was Spiritual Motherhood Established?
The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Spiritual Motherhood (that women can participate in) started with our Lady’s Fiat (her “yes” to God’s will) at the Annunciation, continued even at the Foot of the Cross when Christ entrusted Mary, Mother of the Church to St. John the Apostle, and will reach its culmination at the end of time.3

1) cf. Pope St. John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, 19
2) cf. Pope St. John Paul II,
Mary has universal Spiritual Motherhood, 2; Congregation for the Clergy, Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and
Spiritual Maternity (2nd Edition), Page 13 3) cf. Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, 62 

Why Spiritual Motherhood?
“For whoever does the will of God is my brother, sister and mother.” –Matthew 12:50
What lies at the heart of Spiritual Motherhood is faithfulness to the Gospel, that is, doing the will of God. After a woman on the streets of Palestine praised the Mother of Christ with the words, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!”4, Jesus exclaimed in response, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”5. Thus, in referring to His Mother, our Lord not only confirmed the importance of physical motherhood6, but in essence, pointed to a greater reality, fidelity to the plan of God7, which may be categorized as “Spiritual Motherhood.”
Thus, in imitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was the greatest disciple of our Lord, the emphasis of Spiritual Motherhood for women is important because it draws attention to:

• Authentic Marian Femininity and Maternity: “The Feminine Genius”
• Devotion and Love for the Holy Eucharist

• Spiritually Adopting a Priest as Alter Christus (“Another Christ”)

Who can become a Spiritual Mother?

Any woman can become a Spiritual Mother regardless of her age, state of life and vocation. “This type of motherhood is not only for mothers of families, but is just as possible for an unmarried girl, a widow, or for someone who is ill.”8

4) Holy Bible, Luke 11:27 (Revised Standard Version) 5) Holy Bible, Luke 11:28 (Revised Standard Version) 6) cf. Pope St. John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, 19
7) cf. Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, 58
8) Congregation for the Clergy,
Eucharistic Adoration for . . .

(From the Website