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By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International, May 8, 2023

Father Shenan J. Boquet was ordained in 1993 and is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI in August 2011. …

Thank you, women who are mothers! You have sheltered human beings within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail. This experience makes you become God’s own smile upon the newborn child, the one who guides your child’s first steps, who helps it to grow, and who is the anchor as the child makes its way along the journey of life. ~Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Women

One of the strangest notions that has taken hold in the modern world is the idea that somehow motherhood is an unimportant, even shameful occupation. (Whereas, we hold motherhood to be a most noble vocation.)

That might sound like an over-exaggeration, but I think the evidence supports it. I have spoken with so many young women who feel an immense amount of pressure to prioritize their career accomplishments over marriage and motherhood. Meanwhile, many young women who do marry and become mothers find themselves grappling with a pervasive sense of guilt that they are somehow “wasting” their talents. …

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