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Read about Catholic motherhood and the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church.

Seasonal Features
Mother's Day
Send a Mother's Day e-Greeting!


The Other Mother's Day

Lately I’ve been thinking about the other side of Mother’s Day: the heartbreak. For too many people, this day doesn’t mean corsages, brunches and presents.

Mother’s Day: What Does It Really Mean?

Learn about the roots of Mother's Day, and find ways to celebrate the holiday and to honor mothers throughout the year.
 
Mothers as Nurturers
A major characteristic of mothers is the ability to be nurturing and relational. This excerpt from Awakening to Prayer: A Woman's Perspective describes a way for women to use God's love as a model for nurturing and relating to their families.

Hallmark of a Good Family
Both mothers and fathers often expect to have a picture-perfect family, and struggle with the realization that their own family falls short of the mark. Dr. Ray Guarendi's Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It contains valuable insights for all families.

I Am the Prodigal Mom
The gospel story of the prodigal son is for parents a perfect example of forgiveness and second chances.

Baby Wanted: The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche
For many women who make the pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, the Virgin Mary is the “mother of maternal desires.”

The Hardest Part of Being a Mother
Each stage of a child's life presents its own difficulties. None of them is as difficult, as this mom discovered, as letting go.

Saint for Moms and Everyday People
Read about the life and death of St. Gianna Beretta Molla—pediatrician, wife, mother, saint.

Mother’s Day Reflection
Read a Mother's Day reflection from Thresholds to Prayer.

Mother’s Day Prayer
Read a Mother’s Day prayer from Friend Jesus: Prayers for Children.

Learning About Mary
The Church honors the Blessed Virgin during the month of May. Visit our Mary feature to find more Mother’s Day inspiration.

Gifts for Mother’s Day
Your favorite authors, on a wide variety of subjects of interest
especially to women. Select titles also available in audio.


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Pedro de San José Betancur: Central America claimed its first saint with the canonization of Pedro de San José Betancur by Pope John Paul II in Guatemala City on July 30, 2002. Known as the "St. Francis of the Americas," Pedro de Betancur is the first saint to have worked and died in Guatemala. 
<p>Calling the new saint an “outstanding example” of Christian mercy, the Holy Father noted that St. Pedro practiced mercy “heroically with the lowliest and the most deprived.” Speaking to the estimated 500,000 Guatemalans in attendance, the Holy Father spoke of the social ills that plague the country today and of the need for change. </p><p>“Let us think of the children and young people who are homeless or deprived of an education; of abandoned women with their many needs; of the hordes of social outcasts who live in the cities; of the victims of organized crime, of prostitution or of drugs; of the sick who are neglected and the elderly who live in loneliness,” he said in his homily during the three-hour liturgy. </p><p>Pedro very much wanted to become a priest, but God had other plans for the young man born into a poor family on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Pedro was a shepherd until age 24, when he began to make his way to Guatemala, hoping to connect with a relative engaged in government service there. By the time he reached Havana, he was out of money. After working there to earn more, he got to Guatemala City the following year. When he arrived he was so destitute that he joined the bread line that the Franciscans had established. </p><p>Soon, Pedro enrolled in the local Jesuit college in hopes of studying for the priesthood. No matter how hard he tried, however, he could not master the material; he withdrew from school. In 1655 he joined the Secular Franciscan Order. Three years later he opened a hospital for the convalescent poor; a shelter for the homeless and a school for the poor soon followed. Not wanting to neglect the rich of Guatemala City, Pedro began walking through their part of town ringing a bell and inviting them to repent. </p><p>Other men came to share in Pedro's work. Out of this group came the Bethlehemite Congregation, which won papal approval after Pedro's death. A Bethlehemite sisters' community, similarly founded after Pedro's death, was inspired by his life of prayer and compassion. </p><p>He is sometimes credited with originating the Christmas Eve <i>posadas</i> procession in which people representing Mary and Joseph seek a night's lodging from their neighbors. The custom soon spread to Mexico and other Central American countries. </p><p>Pedro was canonized in 2002.</p> American Catholic Blog We sometimes try to do everything on our own, forgetting that the Lord wants to help us. Let's never be afraid to admit that we are weak and can't do things on our own. St. Paul gives us a great example: "On my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses" (2 Corinthians 12:5).


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Good Shepherd Sunday
Ask our Good Shepherd to bless us with religious vocations from healthy and holy men and women.

Fourth Sunday of Easter
Follow the Good Shepherd and listen to his words.

Thinking of You - Love
Send someone an e-card today just because you love them.

First Communion
Surprise your favorite first communicant with their own Catholic Greetings e-card!

Earth Day
God’s love extends to all his creation—not just to humans.




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