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Recently the book club of Mothers In Christ decided to read the small, yet heady book Apostolate of Holy Motherhood. Before we read the book, I tried to look up information about the book and it is nearly impossible to find anything about it. It’s also impossible to find–we bought our copies used from Amazon.com.
The Apostolate of Holy Motherhood is a book of private visions from Mary and the Christ child to an anonymous woman referred to as Mariamante, The visions aim for the restoration and sanctification of the vocation of holy motherhood and have received the Imprimatur from the Church. As with any private revelations, there is nothing in them that is contrary to the teachings of the church but you are not obliged to believe them.
There are three basic tenants of the apostolate:
1. “they must devote all their time, energy, and resources, including their very selves to the greater glory of God and the pursuit of the Divine Will in their lives;
2. “(they) must be consecrated to My Most Holy Mother under the title ‘Mother of God’;
3. “(they) must seek to fulfill their daily duties, that is, as mothers and wives in an exemplary manner of holiness by pursuing the contemplative life in their home…” (pg. xii)
I have to be honest. It’s a tough book to read. I (and others in the group) resisted it. Frequently, we have been told by priests and others that as mothers, we are doing God’s work and that is enough. But if you have a sense that it’s not, or that you could or should be doing more, this book will tell you that you are right and here is what your priorities should be. This book truly shows you how to put God first in your life. It’s tough — but the more I think about it, the more I feel drawn to it.
There are 18 points that are brought up in the text as how to accomplish the three basic tenants. Over the next year, I will be publishing a post a month covering the 18 points and what they are and how to incorporate them in your daily life, if you are not already.
Since we just finished Lent and are in the season of Easter and just had Divine Mercy Sunday, I will start with Confession and Holy Eucharist (Communion) next week. Please prayerfully consider getting a copy of the Apostolate of Holy Motherhood and joining us. Even if you don’t, I hope that the information might enrich your spiritual life anyway. God bless!