Motherhood: Equally Important Expectations For Women

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In the Gospel, Christ appoints a special place beside him to women by offering them possibilities different from those that are available to men. He shows the true value of women, and therefore sets women free by revealing the truth and showing the significance of their positions. One specific role in particular is entrusted to women by Christ: motherhood. There are two equally important vocations for women: virginity and marriage. Both, if lived properly, can be a pathway leading to the Kingdom of God and true holiness. Whether a woman follows the vocation of marriage or virginity, she is first and foremost a mother.
While it may sound odd to say that a woman who chooses a life of virginity for herself is a mother, it is true. Whether living
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God, the creator, grants, to parents, the gift of a child and on the part of the woman, she gives a sincere gift of self in order to conceive the child. “In pregnancy and motherhood woman has a certain readiness for the gift of self” (Mulieris Dignitatem 18).
In a less physical sense, motherhood is also seen in marriage in the sacrifices a woman makes. She must make compromises, and sacrifice both her time and body. A wife must remain loyal to her husband, have trust in her her spouse that he do the same, and have faith in God that herself and her family will be taken care of. In the vocation of marriage, a woman is a mother both in physically and in her actions.
Women are thought of as more capable than men at paying attention to another person. This clearly comes into play in a woman’s predisposition to motherhood. In the biblical exemplar of the “woman” in the , the “woman”, as mother and first teacher of the human being has a specific precedence over the man” (Mulieris Dignitatem
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The preventing and ending of human life in society are some of the more violent and easily seen ways that motherhood is attacked, but there are many other, often times unseen ways in which being a mother is undermined. Simply by thinking that being a stay-at-home mother is a menial job is one, sadly very common, way in which society attacks motherhood. Anytime that motherhood itself, or the nurturing aspects the feminine genius provides that are in correlation with motherhood, are thought of as wrong, less worthy, or degrading, the essence of motherhood is being assaulted. Therefore, it is important that motherhood be celebrated and recognized for all its virtues, both in the single life or married

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