CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 2, 2011

Can a Mother Forget Her Infant?


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

CAN A MOTHER FORGET HER INFANT?

 Within a week after meeting Mother Teresa, and giving her a manuscript of a book (about the death of the couple’s newborn son) written by his wife, Karen, Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum received a note from Mother Teresa: “every human life is a gift from God to be loved…’Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child within her womb?’ (A quote from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah, 49:15)*

 

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     Can a mother forget her infant?

     Perhaps Mother Teresa is correct. I’ve had the experience of fostering unwed mothers who released their children for adoption—for various reasons.

     Linda gave birth to her third child, a son. She released him to protect him from the harm that she felt would befall him due to her hatred of men, who had so severely abused her that she felt her child would be in real danger in her care. Before releasing him, there was a special ‘service’ recalling the story of Moses. She released him in love.

     Tanya released her child because she was just fourteen years old. How could she care for an infant, when she had to be a mother to her mother? Her husband and children know about the existence of this child—he is not a secret.

     These mothers didn’t forget their children. They loved them throughout the years, and dearly want to be reunited with them.

     I cannot believe my mother forgot the daughter she released for adoption many years ago. She may have pushed the thoughts of her child to the back of her mind, but how did she feel each year on the child’s birth date? How did she feel as she delivered each of her five additional children?

     I must believe she loved this child she released from her care. After all, as Mother Teresa echoed Isaiah: ‘Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child within her womb?’

SOURCE

 *She was ‘a miracle,’ attest area residents who met her, Greensburg Tribune-Review, September 6, 1997, pp. A3       

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 ADDITIONAL READING:

March days to celebrate

MOTHER TERESA: IN MEMORIAM

And who will reach the downtrodden? Lent Devotion #18 

A Different Face of Homelessness

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