Father William is on a Marian kick again, which never fails to catch the attention of the predictable maternal brain.
It's plain for us to see why motherhood is hard. Our kids are infuriatingly disobedient. It hurt like purgatory to push them out. Often these factors seem to be the defining and necessary characteristics of our vocational tentatio.
But one mother was famously spared these hardships, and is no less a mother for it. And the Blessed Virgin Mary, with her sinless Child, is yet Our Lady of Sorrows. What does this mean?
--That violence does not properly belong to childbirth. It is unnatural and God's alien work. Furthermore, that the injury does not make the mother, though our pride tempts us to believe otherwise.
--That the sinfulness of our children is not solely to blame for our maternal hardships; the imaginary obedient children we covet would not end our vocational sadness even if we were to get them.
Nothing new here, but I find the context informative.