"Motherhood is too noble to be without an ideal. God, Who became Man, preexisted His Own Mother, as an artist preexists his own painting...She, the Ideal Mother, conceived because she cooperated with the love of God...And she, the Mother, was overshadowed by the Spirit of Love and bore within herself the Guest Who was really the Host of the World. This was the greatest love that the world ever knew--the Love that came down into a Woman and ended in an Incarnation.
"This Mother gave further example to all mothers by caring both for the Body and the Soul of her Son. She cared for His Body, for she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger. She cared for His Soul and His Mind, for He was subject to her. What a lesson for children to learn! This Child, Who was subject to His Mother, was also the Creator of the world. Every mother, when she picks up the young life that has been born to her, looks up to the heavens to thank God...But here was a Mother, a Madonna, who did not look up. She looked down to Heaven, because this was Heaven in her arms.
"...like every mother, she gave her Child a name...He was given the name Jesus, which means Saviour. It was an irreplaceable name, before which the heavens and earth trembled, and before which our knees bow."
~ Excerpts from Life Is Worth Living by Fulton J. Sheen ~