January 2014 Print

The Last Word

Dear Readers,

It is no accident that you find an image of Our Lady at the marriage of Cana on the cover of this issue on Motherhood. Mary, after all, is the model of all mothers.

This stained-glass window depicts Mary pursuing her matronly duties with humble reserve and impressive dignity. Unnoticed by the rest of the wedding party, she effectively provides for the well-being of all the guests (figuratively all her children). She relieves her hosts’ shame and supplies for their poverty through her powerful intercession, yet she remains unseen and unnoticed. She is the perfect woman, simultaneously loving and strong, humble and patient. Her willingness to be of service is not demeaning, and her determination to take things in hand is not proud or pushy. She discreetly and effectively resolves a problematic situation and thus collaborates in her Son’s redemptive mission. She perfectly fulfills God’s will.

This is the type of mother we want to see in our communities: devoted, discreet, humble, and strong all at the same time. Such a mother commands respect and instills trust while still remaining reserved and gentle. Such a woman is described in the book of Proverbs: “Who shall find a valiant woman? Far and from the uttermost coasts is the price of her. The heart of her husband trusteth in her, and he shall have no need of spoils. She will render him good, and not evil, all the days of her life.…She hath opened her mouth to wisdom, and the law of clemency is on her tongue.…Her children rose up, and called her blessed: her husband, and he praised her” (Prov. 31:10-28).

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Jürgen Wegner