What mothers have over angels

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 creature; 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?
—Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty

 

Don't know who Mindszenty is? Those of us raised in the 1940s and early 1952s do, because he was a hero. He was a standard-bearer of freedom, opposing at great risk to himself the tyrannies of both fascism and communism. From Wikipedia:

József Mindszenty (29 March 1892 – 6 May 1975) was the Prince PrimateArchbishop of EsztergomCardinal, and leader of the Catholic Church in Hungary from 2 October 1945 to 18 December 1973. For five decades he personified uncompromising opposition to fascism and communism in Hungary in support of religious freedom.[1]During World War II he was imprisoned by the pro-Nazi authorities.[2] After the war, he opposed communism and the communist persecution in his country. As a result, he was tortured and given a life sentence in a 1949 show trial that generated worldwide condemnation, including a United Nations resolution. After eight years in prison, he was freed in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and granted political asylum by the United States embassy inBudapest, where Mindszenty lived for the next fifteen years.[2] He was finally allowed to leave the country in 1971. He died in exile in 1975 in Vienna, Austria.

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