In his World Communications Day Message, it is the Holy Father’s exhortation for Christians to “witness consistently” that speaks to me, especially as it relates to Catholic mothers. Mothers depend upon their “most profound convictions” to keep them faithful to the maternal duties which consist in nothing less than the raising up of children for God’s greater glory. Their vocation is as challenging as it is righteous, so even the most excellent of mothers is bound to experience occasional disappointments and failures in the exercise of her duties. The disconnect between reality and cyberspace that is inherent in the social media can entice mothers to present an idealized image of themselves that does not admit of shortcomings. In a culture that decries motherhood as trivial and demeaning, mothers must be careful “not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile,” but instead strive for a Gospel-derived “coherence and authenticity” that can bring about a renewed appreciation for the holy nature of their calling and for the dignity of life itself.
For the complete text of the Holy Father’s message, go here.