"I am not a mother, nor do I have the capacity (as a man) to fulfill that dignified office in the real order. I am nonetheless told that most of the material written or compiled about motherhood is often found wanting; which is to say, it leaves something (and sometimes everything) to be desired. And this opinion is invariably held by most Catholic mothers I know, if expressed by only a few who have read the literature with a discerning eye.
"According to these same mothers, the
most difficult aspect of motherhood (and parenting in general) is the
internal angst that results from watching a child - namely, their child - suffer. Regardless of why or even how their child is subjected to pain and suffering, mothers are indelibly affected by their child's plight. . . ."
In a recent commentary, Brother Maximilian Maria Jaskowak, O.P., reflected on the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows and her advocacy and example for mothers who suffer..
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Dominicana: To Watch a Child Suffer (15 SEP 21)
Note: Today (15 September) the Church remembers Mary under her title of Our Lady of Sorrows. The assigned readings for this say may be found at: