Keeping in mind the Lady of the Rosary, we draw inspiration from moms who work wonders in their lives with help from God.

St. Monica (AD 322-387) was a Franciscan saint to whom we look up to as a model mother. Her son Augustine began to live an immoral life. She sought to be close to her wayward son, continuously praying and fasting for Augustine’s conversion with unshakeable faith, knowing that her prayers would be answered in His time. Her prayers were granted and Augustine went on to become a pillar of the early Church.

The pertinent question here is, “What is a mom’s priority?” If she is a working mom, does she emphasise her career advancement and good remuneration while the kids play second fiddle?  Or does God and her family come first?

Society gives importance to fame and fortune. A homemaker is considered a non-contributing member of the family because she does not earn. However, a spiritual mom imparts a sense of values to the children such as loving one’s fellow being’s forgiveness. Stella is a frequent churchgoer who gains strength from God to continue her unappreciated, but important task of making the home a haven of love.  She takes care of her children’s spiritual, mental and physical well-being.

There are many modern day, self-effacing St. Monica’s in our midst whose lives are rooted in spirituality. Their first priority is their family even if they are working women. One such mom was Nina (name changed), a teacher. Widowed at an early age, she had to work hard to bring up her four children. Her faith was her anchor. Nina eventually started her own nursery school, educated her kids and made a success of her life.

The most inspiring mom I have come across was Maria who was residing abroad. This woman took on a part time job so that she could devote time to her kids. She had an abiding faith.  She was involved in church activities and assisted to the best of her abilities.

A fatal illness is the litmus test of faith. When Maria was diagnosed with cancer, she accepted her illness bravely and stoically, saying that she was getting strength from the Good Lord. I used to phone her from time to time. I once asked her, “How are you, Maria?”  “Oh, well”, she replied, “My illness has its ups and downs.  On good days, I go cycling with my daughter. I know I have limited time on earth.” Maria’s young son, Tim was attached to his mother. He was broken-hearted to see his mother gradually fade away.

During the last few weeks of her life when Maria was on her deathbed, she stretched her emaciated arms around her two children and told them, “Always accept God’s will. Never lose your faith in Him and in prayers. Whenever you need me, I’ll be there in spirit for I will never desert you. Above all, believe with all your heart and soul that we will be united again one day.”

This spiritual mom was truly an inspiration while living and while dying.

Sister Susan (Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) and Monica Fernandes