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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Dec 30, 2022

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. Father Pokorsky co-founded both CREDO and Adoremus, two organizations deeply engaged in authentic liturgical renewal. He writes regularly for a number of Catholic websites and magazines.

Why did Mary love her Baby? An absurd question? Don’t all mothers now and throughout history love their babies? There are certainly exceptions. But even in a dysfunctional culture, a loving mother is normal, and it is abnormal to withhold love and affection from a child.

Like every good mother, Mary held her Baby, fed Him, and protected Him. During the early formative years, children seem like a burden and require high-maintenance care. But these selfless expressions of love are not self-aware reasons for love; they’re instinctual and spontaneous. A mother’s love and affection for a baby are mysterious. …

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