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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
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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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Ansgar: The “apostle of the north” (Scandinavia) had enough frustrations to become a saint—and he did. He became a Benedictine at Corbie, France, where he had been educated. Three years later, when the king of Denmark became a convert, Ansgar went to that country for three years of missionary work, without noticeable success. Sweden asked for Christian missionaries, and he went there, suffering capture by pirates and other hardships on the way. Fewer than two years later, he was recalled, to become abbot of New Corbie (Corvey) and bishop of Hamburg. The pope made him legate for the Scandinavian missions. Funds for the northern apostolate stopped with Emperor Louis’s death. After 13 years’ work in Hamburg, Ansgar saw it burned to the ground by invading Northmen; Sweden and Denmark returned to paganism. 
<p>He directed new apostolic activities in the North, traveling to Denmark and being instrumental in the conversion of another king. By the strange device of casting lots, the king of Sweden allowed the Christian missionaries to return. </p><p>Ansgar’s biographers remark that he was an extraordinary preacher, a humble and ascetical priest. He was devoted to the poor and the sick, imitating the Lord in washing their feet and waiting on them at table. He died peacefully at Bremen, Germany, without achieving his wish to be a martyr. </p><p>Sweden became pagan again after his death, and remained so until the coming of missionaries two centuries later.</p> American Catholic Blog Every vocation is a vocation to sacrifice and to joy. It is a call to the knowledge of God, to the recognition of God as our Father, to joy in the understanding of His mercy.

 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
The Wisdom of Merton
Explore Merton's wisdom distilled from his books and journals.
It's the Centennial of Thomas Merton's birth
Listen to a best-loved book by one of the greatest spiritual writers of our time!
Who Inspired Thomas Merton?

Discover the Franciscan traces in Merton's work and learn new ways of living in harmony with God, creation, and others.

New for Lent 2015
This Lent, detach yourself from the busyness of everyday life and find stillness and silence.
Discover the Princess Within
The Princess Guide uses fairy tales to inspire young women to dignity, femininity, and fervent faith.

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Year for Consecrated Life
Remember the contributions of religious priests, brothers, and sisters in a special way throughout this year.
St. John Bosco
As an educator, this saint is one of the patrons of Catholic schools and students.
Peace
End this month as you began the year. Share peaceful thoughts with friends and family.
Catholic Schools Week
Through the Catholic school system, parents know that their children are being formed as well as informed.
Sacrament of Marriage
In imitation of Christ, the vocation to marriage can create a relationship for healing and forgiveness.



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