This Sunday was Mother’s Day! YAY! Happy Mother’s Day Mama! You are amazing and thank you for your YES to your littles and your family! This past Sunday we had one of the few secular holidays we can embrace as Christians! The joy of motherhood and beauty of God’s design is celebrated! Here are 5 awesome Biblical Mom’s to inspire you and some resources to help you with prayer in the day to day, and to help foster a Catholic Mother’s Day by recalling what it means to be a Christian mom!
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Biblical Mother 1: Eve the First Mother!
Firstly, Eve is most remembered for eating the forbidden fruit and offering it to her husband. The title of this blog, from Eva, taken from the Ave Maris Stella, references the disobedience of Eve!
Nonetheless, she was our first mother, and is known as the mother of all living things! Certainly Eve experienced all the joys and sorrows of motherhood. In addition to childbirth, and raising children, she was the helpmate to her husband. Catholic tradition tells us that after the Fall, Adam and Eve lived repentant and holy lives and became saints! Their feast day is…December 24th!
Eve is the first mother. She was the first to disobey, and the first to repent. We make mistakes all too often in our vocations. As we celebrate a Catholic Mother’s Day look to our first mother, who received the Mercy of the Lord with Adam before all else!
Biblical Mother 2: The Proverbs 31 Woman
Second, wow, this wife and mother is certainly well known as an inspiring role model for Christian women. She fears the Lord, is a helpmate for her husband, and teaches her children wisdom. This woman prepares healthy food for the family, shows charity toward her neighbor, and is wise and obedient when it comes to spending. The Proverbs 31 woman works with her hands without detracting from her families needs, does not waste time, and is beautiful in Christ.
If you have not meditated on Proverbs 31 this May is a great time to do so. Look over how she prepares her house, how she tends to the needs of her children, how she works, and how she obeys. Does she sound like anyone!? Sure sounds like Mary to me!
Biblical Mother 3: Hannah and Her 7 Sons
Third on the list, this Bible Story gets me every single time. It fascinates me, inspires me, and terrifies me! If you haven’t read 2nd Machabees Chapter 7, please read it! To summarize, Hannah is the mother of 7 sons who are all held captive by the king. However, it becomes the king’s mission to get them to defy God’s Law and eat pork!
Hannah, this amazing mother, watches all 7 of her sons undergo torture and be put to death. Yet, there is no despair only encouragement. She reminds them of their Good God!
“And she bravely exhorted every one of them in her own language, being filled with wisdom: and joining a man’s heart to a woman’s thought,  She said to them: I know not how you were formed in my womb: for I neither gave you breath, nor soul, nor life, neither did I frame the limbs of every one of you.  But the Creator of the world, that formed the nativity of man, and that found out the origin of all, he will restore to you again in his mercy, both breath and life, as now you despise yourselves for the sake of his laws.” – 2 Machabees 7:21-23
After all 7 of her sons die staying true to their faith, Hannah is also murdered. Like Mother Mary at The Cross, she stood by her sons in their darkest hour. She didn’t look for a way out! My fallen human nature says fight or flight!
What a great example of trustful surrender! We know she was firm in her faith and she helped her sons to stay firm in theirs. Hannah cared for her sons souls. This is our call too. To know, love, and serve God so deeply, that even in the darkest of moments we can lift up our children to trust in Him as well.
Biblical Mother 4: Elizabeth
Next, John the Baptists amazing mother!
“And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame.  And they had no son, for that Elizabeth was barren, and they both were well advanced in years.” – Luke 1:6-7
Here we have a special kind of suffering only a mother can understand, a barren womb. Even living in accordance with God’s Law’s, Elizabeth knew this pain. She was just, aging, and yet without son. All hope might seem lost to the modern mom. Yet, Elizabeth was blessed as her husband preformed his priestly office with and her and Zachary conceived a child in God’s perfect time.
Just 6 months later the Angel Gabriel declared unto Mary that she too would conceive a child…
Biblical Mother 5: Mary the Mother of God
Fifth and finally, it couldn’t be a Catholic Mother’s Day without our Blessed Mother! The Blessed Virgin Mary comes first up on this list every time. The Theotokos, the Mother of Jesus!! Pure, humble, simple, and trusting. Our Lady is our number one inspiration. Above all, no person followed Our Lord more perfectly, or loved Him more deeply! Similarly, the star in the sea leading the sailors to safety, or the moon reflecting the sun, Mary leads us to Jesus every time. In addition to leading us to Christ, she shows us how to live our vocations for God!
Before Our Lady was assumed into Heaven, she lived here on earth with the daily tasks of motherhood. She was the keeper of her home. She was obedient to St. Joseph. She nursed, and raised the child Jesus. All of her duties, great and small, were done to live out the Will of the Lord in love.
There is a Cat Chat song my children like. It is called I Wanna Say Yes and the lyrics are simple, repetitive, and perfect for inspiring us to live like Mary.
“Doing God’s Will in the little things, rejoicing in God my Savior!”
We can apply this to all of days as we live out our motherly vocations! Remember May is the month of Mary! Plant a Mary Garden, pray the Rosary every day, and have a May Crowning to honor Our Mother, who without her yes, we would not have received Salvation through Christ. This video from Sensus Fidelium on Mother’s Day and Mary is AMAZING. Listen while you go about your motherly tasks and enjoy learning about our beautiful Mother.
Resources for a Catholic Mother’s Day and Beyond!
- First, Pray the Rosary! Every day! Learn how to pray the Rosary here!
- Then check out our handmade in the USA Rosary Wall Hangers by crafted by hand by an awesome Catholic father!
- Next, Sensus Fidelium series on Motherhood. I cannot recommend this enough! Listen to it! Over and over again!
- Finally, these 30 Day retreat books with the saints are awesome for busy mothers to have dedicated prayer time in quick bursts. I have really been enjoying these for quick but meditative prayer in the morning and at night.
Biblical Motherhood Today
In conclusion by growing in virtue, looking to tradition, and keeping our eyes and hearts set on Christ, we can grow in our motherhood. Mother’s Day seems like a secular holiday, but when we remember motherhood is a calling from God, we can have a Catholic Mother’s Day!
When we bring to mind the holy women of God who went before us there are endless stories, a trove of inspiration, to help guide us and confirm us in our vocations. These are just 5 of the many amazing mother’s in the Bible who come to mind. That doesn’t even include all of the mom’s who are saints!
Who are your favorite mother’s from the Bible? Let us know in the comments below!
Stella Maris, Ora Pro Nobis
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