Merry Christmas

The MaterCare Team

From The Charter of Mothers' Rights

The Human Being,

"Being created in the image and likeness of God, is not just something, but someone", (1) who is "one in body and spirit" (2) "one in body and soul (3 ) "with an immortal soul whereby" he/ she "exists as a whole", (4), who "exists as a unique and unrepeatable being, ... as an 'I', capable of self-understanding, self-possession and self-determination ...", (5)), "and of freely giving himself and entering into communion with other persons. And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give." (6) "However, it is not intellect, consciousness and freedom that define the person; rather, it is the person who is the basis of the acts of intellect, consciousness and freedom. These acts can even be absent, for even without them he does not cease to be a person" (7)

A basic principle is that each human life is therefore sacred and is the starting point for a moral vision for society. Human beings are meant to live together freely giving of themselves and entering into communion with other persons. Thus an emphasis must be placed on the fundamental rights of every person; the right to life, to marry and found a family, to religious liberty, to work and to associate; all necessary for human flourishing. These imply access to food, clean water, shelter, health care, and education.
John Paul II wrote (8)

" Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of the human rights - for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture - is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination".

1.2 The Dignity of Motherhood
Motherhood has special significance in every culture as the most complete expression of the special vocation of women. In some developing countries motherhood is taken very seriously and mothers are revered and considered to be a central part of the family. In Mulieris dignitatem, John Paul II says that women make a 'sincere gift of self' (9) to others, which is so obvious in the case of motherhood. The woman as mother is entrusted with the responsibility of bearing and bringing to birth human beings. The woman has her own way of existing for others, of making a gift of self to others, and she is obliged to resist domination by men; she does not lose her original femininity in doing that. But she too can neglect and impair 'the sincere gift of self'. Motherhood implies a special openness to the new person. She is entrusted with human beings and has received love in order to give love (n. 30) ; It is her characteristic dignity. "Parenthood" is realised much more fully in the woman; pregnancy absorbs all her energies body and soul (n.18). Women are more capable than men of paying attention to another person, and motherhood develops this predisposition in them even more (n. 18). But motherhood, in Christian tradition, since Mary's faithful Fiat, became a part of God's new covenant with humanity (n. 19). Motherhood is therefore the gift to humanity of such fundamental importance that it must be cherished and served in special ways appreciating its dignity as the key to healthy families and societies.

This Christmas, let us prepare the way of the Lord, sharing God's gifts of love and compassion with those most in need. Let us embody the Holy Mother's "yes" to the Holy Spirit and be His hands and feet in our world.

Wishing you and your families a blessed, safe and healthy Christmas,
The MaterCare Team


The Charter of Mothers' Rights by The MaterCare Team

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