How many times have you read a new article and something resonates personally? I'm beginning to see clearer that these ideas are reflections of powerful spirit-winds winking back at us. When this happens, it's a time to ask ourselves: Are they showing us to be even more humble and be grateful for the guidance? And by becoming mindful, will we see that not a day that goes by that doesn't mirror our own heart's ideals from everywhere?
Recently discovered something I have in common with Pope Frances, which I discovered in his writings. I was stunned to find out that his mother had a similar saying to one of my own. Was this just a coincidence or is this something that Italian mothers whispered to their children? Below is a quote from Pope Francis's talk, "Children are the joy of family and society." (Vatican Radio)
"Allow me to share a childhood memory, my mother would always say -- there were five of us in our family -- when asked which one was her favorite, she would say 'I have five children like I have five fingers... if they beat one of my fingers all five hurt... all of my children are mine, but each one is different, just like my fingers... this is the way it is in the family, all children are different but all children... You love your child because he is a child, not because he is beautiful, healthy, and good; not because he thinks like me, or embodies my desires. A child is a child: a life created by us but destined for him, for his good, the good of the family, society, humanity."
My own mother made a similar comment, which I excerpted in Imprinted Wisdom:
"We would ask her which of her children she liked best, and she would answer us with another question: "Look at your fingers. Do you like one more than the other?" It was a perfect way to illustrate her point that it would be impossible to choose. She always made sure that each of us knew she loved us, and that our differences were what made us unique and treasured."
I believe that minds are joined, and the heart is the biggest connection to others through our feelings and emotions. This just might be the greatest reward -- to remind us that despite being unique, we're really very much alike. And that we've already been heard, with our spirit rising to the Highest among us to celebrate our mother's whispers.
About Catherine Nagle: Catherine grew up in Philadelphia with 16 brothers and sisters, reared by loving, old school Italian parents. Catherine's artist father's
works graced locations from churches to public buildings; her mother was a full-time homemaker. A professional hairdresser, Catherine worked in various salons while studying the Bible and pursuing spiritual growth through courses, seminars, lectures and inspirational books, including A Course in Miracles and the works of Marianne Williamson among many others. The mother of two children and a grandmother, Catherine lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and son. She is the Author of Imprinted Wisdom. http://www.amazon.com/Imprinted-Wisdom-Catherine-Nagle/dp/145256938X