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Every woman on the face of this earth has been called to be one.
Oh, yes ... even you.
The job description of an extraordinary mom has a bit of "give" in it, like your favorite pair of jeans. For some, it involves childbirth ... many times over. Stretch marks and sore nips and the kind of pain that makes a bad case of cramps seem like a walk in the park.
For some, the call involves sending several children on ahead of you to heaven. Or bearing with courage infertility within marriage or life without a spouse. And yet, even we have been called to spiritual motherhood.
We can be godmothers, adoptive or foster mothers, or favorite aunties that always materialize to relieve exhausted parents at just the right moment.
The only requirement, you see ... is a willingness to be open to nurturing life wherever we may find it. To invest ourselves in the lives of other people. To come alongside those who are struggling. And to shine the light of faith so that others might know a truly abundant life.
Extraordinary moms see opportunities to exercise faith where others see deprivation.
We see opportunities to love when others see despair and aggravation.
We see opportunities to hope when others see only what can never be.
Lord, in Your mercy, make me an extraordinary mom.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for me that I might be more like you!