The Most Important Person on Earth
"The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral – a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body. The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creatures. God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation… What on God’s good earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother?”
- Venerable Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty
On this weekend when we thank our mothers and consider the great joys of motherhood, we also know that motherhood can be filled with many other emotions and life situations that are not so joyful. Mary Merrick recognized that the gift of a layette to a newborn could help a family go home with the peace of knowing that someone cares about them and their baby. This life affirming program is the unifying signature of every Christ Child Society Chapter across the USA. In the last five years alone, over 113,00 layettes have been distributed by chapters. Think of how many it must be since 1887. Early on, Mary Merrick knew that to provide resources to those babies and children who are born into families in need, enables us to recognize the inherent dignity of all, by leading us to see the face of Christ in those children.
This Mothers’ Day, consider contributing a layette in honor of or in memory of your
Mother by contributing to a Christ Child Society Chapter near you. You can find a chapter near you by going the map on the landing page of this website (www.nationalchristchild.org) and clicking on your state. What a great way to honor the woman who has everything.
Yours in the Christ Child,
Molly Fanning, President, National Board of the Christ Child Society