The mystery of “motherhood” is very close to the mystery of “sainthood”. Whenever we think about our mother we cannot find enough words or images to express the depth of this mystery. The love of a mother is very close to the love of God. It does not look for its own interest, but it is totally self-giving, like God. The love of a mother has no limits, no excuses, no hours, no price.
The mystery of “motherhood” is the greatest calling of a woman. Only a woman can give life and giving life is the ultimate vocation of any woman. Anyone can emerge in a career, but not anyone can give human life. Humanity depends on womanhood more than any other quality in life or social institutions. The greatest service to humanity is “to give life” and woman by nature gives life.
Life and love are intrinsically connected. There is no love where there is no life and there is no life without love. Once we separate them, we destroy both of them.
Life and love find their beginning and completion in the family. When a baby is born is part of a family. He/she is not just the son or daughter of the mother, but he/she is also son or daughter of the father, he/she is also a sister or brother, grandson or granddaughter of the other members of the family. A human being cannot reach his/her fulfillment only with the limited love on one person; he needs a family. To consider a child as a product of a single woman is a sub human limitation of the mystery of life.
Thank you MOM for life, for love and for your holy example of self-giving, which comes from God through you. I will be grateful for all eternity, because through you God gave me my soul, which will give me the possibility of living a happy life with you forever in heaven. Thanks!

About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.