Attentive Love of A Mother

A wonderful piece about the critical role that mothers play in our lives by Richard Rohr.

Sara Ruddick, in her book Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace, speaks of the attentive love of a mother. In summary, Ruddick says mothers are characterized by attentive love. They have to keep watching this new life; they have to keep listening and adjusting to the needs of the child. It is necessary to recognize a new agenda with the growth of the child. If the mother cannot transform herself into attentive love, she quite simply cannot be a mother. She has to learn early on that life is about change, not about “standing her ground,” which is not going to help a child. All growth is about changing and adjusting to what is needed at this moment, with these tears, and by this child. The mother cannot run to abstract truths.

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2 thoughts on “Attentive Love of A Mother

  1. Did you post this specifically for me? 😉 This is something I’m continually working on. This is well written and a timely reminder. I think it also fits for a dad, and my husband could certainly learn something as he loves to “stand his ground” which is silly when you’re dealing with a 4 year old who doesn’t understand why he’s being so stubborn about small things that really aren’t a big deal.

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