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Readings and Reflections for Mother’s Day

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Opening Words:

“[To ascertain the true destiny of a woman, we must give her legitimate hopes and encourage a high ethical and spiritual standards in herself; values and principles that when taken to heart, will radiance through her love and concern to her marriage, her children, her career, and all through her life….

A woman does not need to follow rules in order to grow, as much as she must allow her inner nature to blossom; to allow her intellect to climb; allow the artistry of her soul to be freely expressed and her spirit grow unimpeded by any relational artifice or insincere social demands.

A woman is a creature who is always changing, growing, unfolding her powers of self-understanding, and she passes on those lessons to all who share her life with her….]” Margaret Fuller (adapted)

A Woman’s Prayer for Peace:

When I think of peace, I think of a world where human beings are no longer brutalized by the accidents of birth such as sex, race, religion, or nationality. For me, peace is a way of structuring human relations where daily acts of kindness and caring are tangibly rewarded.

It is a way of thinking, feeling, and acting where our essential interconnectedness with one another is truly honored….. Where power is no longer equated with the bullet or blade, but is held within a holy chalice-

the chalice which is our ancient and modern symbol of the power to give, to nurture, to enhance life. And I will not only pray for this peace, but sparked by the light of this chalice, I will actively work for the day when such peace is evident among us. … AMEN Riane Eisler

The Cost of War

Near the end of his presidency, Eisenhower warned our country about the prospects of letting a military-industrial complex run the economy, and shape the priorities and values of our nation … He said:

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and who are not fed, who are cold, and who are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone; It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, and the hopes of its children.”

As this service holds within it, a focus on motherhood and peace, we are asking you to lend your efforts towards joining in a campaign with mothers around the world, to end terrorism and violence. The web site listed in your order of service is: petitiononline.com or can be found by typing in mothers and peace, and then search…. By signing, each of us can contribute to creating a safer world for all human families across our globe.

 

Offertory and Quotes

The greatest battle that was ever fought- Shall I tell you where or when? On the maps of the world you will find it not. For it was fought, and is still being fought by the mothers of men. Joakuin Miller

Reflection:

1 It has been said that a mother is only as happy as her saddest child…

We who are the adults and the parents of this world have to realize how we instill happiness and how we promote sadness; For it is in how we express and act out our values and follow through on our choices, that we teach more about what real happiness or true sadness is; More than any external media driven images, more than any wrapped gift or material possession, more than any words in a textbook, more than any platitudes or prayers can muster, we carry the potentials for happiness and peace with and among us.

We are one, after all, you and I; together we suffer,

together we exist, and forever we shall recreate each other.

Teilhard de Chardin

We are together, and we are one, after all, you and I; together in this world, we celebrate and we suffer, together we exist, and forever we shall recreate patterns of harm or health in each other. May we, this day, begin to create a lasting sense of peace, and recreate more happiness and less sadness in our world, and in all the days to come….

 

Closing words:

It is said and believed across the world’s faiths, that a mother’s charge is to nurture and to refine the character of her children. She does so through her examples, her courage, and her caring about those ideals that promote life, truth, love, and peace….