Amoris Laetitia 171: Advice for Mothers

amoris laetitia memeToday, we wrap up the matter of “love and pregnancy” we began the day before yesterday with a word of encouragement from Pope Francis:

171. With great affection I urge all future mothers: keep happy and let nothing rob you of the interior joy of motherhood. Your child deserves your happiness. Don’t let fears, worries, other people’s comments or problems lessen your joy at being God’s means of bringing a new life to the world. Prepare yourself for the birth of your child, but without obsessing, and join in Mary’s song of joy: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant” (Lk 1:46-48). Try to experience this serene excitement amid all your many concerns, and ask the Lord to preserve your joy, so that you can pass it on to your child.

What do you think of this advice?

For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.

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2 Responses to Amoris Laetitia 171: Advice for Mothers

  1. Melody says:

    Well, “Don’t worry, be happy!” is good advice, since worrying doesn’t help anything. I think most mothers are happy that they are going to welcome a baby, even if initially the timing wasn’t so good. However, it is hard for someone who hasn’t gone through pregnancy and childbirth to understand the physical toll it takes. And it is awfully easy for elderly celibate gentlemen to idealize the whole thing. Speaking of Our Lady, it is tradition (with a small “t”) that she didn’t have to go through the pains of birth to bring Jesus into the world. I hope that is true, because she certainly had to endure the pains of His death.

  2. Jen says:

    He’s never been around a pregnant woman for any length of time, has he? It feels very rose-colored and ignorant of some of the very real (and potentially dangerous) issues pregnant women face.

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