Spiritual Motherhood


I often tell people that I am the person I am today because of the mercy and love of God, my parents and my husband. My parents have been married 56 years; they are a faithful and loving witness of two persons in love with each other. The fruit of their love bore three children; I being the oldest and the only daughter. It was their love and commitment for each other that gave me a desire to marry and have a family.

My husband, Tom and I have been married 30 years. We have been unable to have children and adoption did not work out for us either. While it has been a sword in my heart; I have needed to depend on the Lord’s mercy and the love of my husband. We have often been told we have many “spiritual children” through the years of our ministry. Yesterday, I was reminded of this when I received a phone call from a friend, Barbara, wishing me a “Happy Mother’s Day from a spiritual child.” Her message touched my heart deeply. I was so happy to have received Barbara’s phone call.

There are so many married women unable to have physical children. Next time you meet a married woman who has not been able to conceive – thank her for spiritual motherhood and encourage her to “give life through her gift of herself as woman and by praying for others”.

Happy Mother’s Day to my “sisters in Christ who choose to live a spiritual motherhood”!


About Mary Jane Fox

Mary Jane Fox is the co-founder of The Pilgrim Center of Hope. The Pilgrim Log is the blog of the Pilgrim Center of Hope, a Catholic evangelization ministry, providing weekly spiritual reflections to help you journey toward a deeper relationship with Christ. Learn more about the Pilgrim Center of Hope by visiting www.pilgrimcenterofhope.org.

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