"I'm not so far gone that I can't grasp there has to be more to life than forging pastries at midnight. And tiredness. Deep-sea diver tiredness, voyage to the bottom of fatigue tiredness.." ..from "I Don't Know How She Does It" by Allison Pearson.
I think mothers all know this type of tiredness.
And homeschooling mothers perhaps more so.
And working mothers.
And homeschooling working mothers...
What keeps us going?
And a prayerful vision of our role and meaning in life.
To know, love and serve God. In our vocations as women...
"The intrinsic value of woman consists essentially in exceptional receptivity for God's work in the soul, and this value comes to unalloyed development if we abandon ourselves confidently and unresistingly to this work." .. From Woman by St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
I attended a retreat for women today.
And the result? I felt like I had slept for a week. Refreshed.
Me. She who lives in an almost constant state of tiredness.
The Sisters of Life spoke of living the freedom of the feminine heart.
In the words of Sister Mariae Agnus Dei... Receptivity, sensitivity, generosity.
Freedom for and not freedom from.
"If you are what you should be, then you will set the world on fire." St Catherine of Sienna.
Not striving to meet someone else's standards , not forging pies at midnight, not forging anything, really, but living true to our vocation and our dignity.
This is what keeps us going. We give and we receive. We receive and we give.
We love because we are loved.
And we mother as we were mothered, as we wish we were mothered, as Our Lady mothers us.
"Everywhere the need exists for maternal sympathy and help, and thus we are able to recapitulate in the one word motherliness that which we have developed as the characteristic value of woman. Only, the motherliness must be that which does not remain within the narrow circle of blood relations or of personal friends; but in accordance with the model of the Mother of Mercy, it must have its root in universal divine love for all who are there, belabored and burdened."... Woman by St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross