“Do not think the child as a weakling: The child is the builder of the human personality.”
Dr Maria Montessori 1952
When we hold a child, we must understand that a special life project is in our arms awaiting our assistance in order to develop fully.
Dr Maria Montessori
"The most difficult part of birth is the first year afterwards. It is the year of travail - when the soul of a woman must birth the mother inside her. The emotional labour pains of becoming a mother are far greater than the physical pangs of birth; these are the growing surges of your heart as it pushes out selfishness and fear and makes room for sacrifice and love. It is a private and silent birth of the soul, but it is no less holy than the event of childbirth, perhaps it is even more sacred." - Joy Kusek
Piece by painful, sometimes mind-numbingly boring piece, you are building a mosaic of memory love. Something that your children will see the day they open the door and turn head back over shoulder for a last look. It will all be there, the beautiful wonder you’ve woven into them. Lisa Jo Baker
When we don't let people see and know our true selves, we sacrifice connection. Without connection, we struggle for purpose and meaning.
"What makes me vulnerable also makes me beautiful.” Brene Brown
A generous Mother will prosper: She who refreshes others will herself be refreshed. Prov11:25.
“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“We can ask the question; ‘Who is this child?’ but we should not think that we can answer it.”
Fr Michael Grace. 2014.
“I must decrease and he must increase”
St John the Baptist
“OUR CORRECTION SHOULD SET OUR CHILD’S HEART ON FIRE.”
Dr Maria Montessori
“It’s all about building a relationship.”
Sophia Cavaletti 1998
“We are invited by Christ to become like little children and to journey together with the child deep into the heart of our God.”
Sophia Cavaletti 1998
"the Christian family, in fact, is the first community called to announce the Gospel to the human person during growth and to bring him or her, through a progressive education and catechesis, to full human and Christian maturity. " - Familiaris Consortio paragraph 2
“Do not be slow to do the humble work.”Mother Teresa
“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” GK Chesterton
“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”
Deus Caritas Est GOD IS LOVE Pope Benedict XVI Given in Rome, at Saint Peter's, on 25 December, the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, in the year 2005, the first of my Pontificate. 35. This proper way of serving others also leads to humility. The one who serves does not consider himself superior to the one served, however miserable his situation at the moment may be. Christ took the lowest place in the world—the Cross—and by this radical humility he redeemed us and constantly comes to our aid. Those who are in a position to help others will realize that in doing so they themselves receive help; being able to help others is no merit or achievement of their own. This duty is a grace. The more we do for others, the more we understand and can appropriate the words of Christ: “We are useless servants” (Lk17:10). We recognize that we are not acting on the basis of any superiority or greater personal efficiency, but because the Lord has graciously enabled us to do so. There are times when the burden of need and our own limitations might tempt us to become discouraged. But precisely then we are helped by the knowledge that, in the end, we are only instruments in the Lord's hands; and this knowledge frees us from the presumption of thinking that we alone are personally responsible for building a better world. In all humility we will do what we can, and in all humility we will entrust the rest to the Lord. It is God who governs the world, not we. We offer him our service only to the extent that we can, and for as long as he grants us the strength. To do all we can with what strength we have, however, is the task which keeps the good servant of Jesus Christ always at work: “The love of Christ urges us on” (2 Cor5:14).