Thank you, women who are mothers! You have sheltered human beings within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail. This experience makes you become God’s own smile upon the newborn child, the one who guides your child’s first steps, who helps it to grow, and who is the anchor as the child makes its way along the journey of life.
--Letter of Pope John Paul to Women, 1995
Happy Mother’s Day to all who bless our lives as mothers!
Image source: Notre-Dame du Sourire / Our Lady of the Smile, ca. 1250. Eglise St. German-des-Prés, Paris. This statue, rediscovered in the early 21st century, was mostly likely abandoned by the artist in mid-creation due to a fissure in the marble. But her beautiful smile as she gazes down upon her child remains…