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This was one of the first formal talks I ever gave as a Catholic. No wonder it’s all about the Church, where I had just discovered so much richness and beauty and perfection. I loved having her before me as an image of motherhood. Unlike dear Mother Mary, Mother Church has had some seriously wayward children to deal with!
In this talk, I looked at the way the Church teaches and disciplines her children; how she balances their disparate personalities and needs; how her ‘home making’ affects their formation. In all these ways and more, she is a model for mothers.
I gave many examples of practical ways we could emulate her four ‘pillars of character building’:
I. Mother Church prays continuously, systematically, specifically and formally with and for all her children.
II. Mother Church holds high standards and both helps and expects her children to live up to them.
III. Mother Church is organized, creating a life-support structure for her family and for others.
IV. Mother Church looks beyond the present day and generation, creating a rich cultural heritage over time.
It’s delightful to look back at this (as I go through all my past talks to tell a bit more about each one here) and realize how everything I’ve accomplished since becoming a Catholic is due to the example of this wonderful mother of ours.