Madwoman Out of the Attic

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

What's A Mother Heart?

Someone help me out. Please tell me what a mother heart is. I heard this refrain a few times in sacrament meeting today, and I'm baffled by it.

Now, I realize that I could try to find the GC talk entitled "Mother Heart" but I don't think I have the stomach to read it through.

And by the way, can you tell me if all men have a father heart?

Here's to hoping that next Mother's Day we'll hear some great talks about powerful women in the scriptures. (clink)

By the way, one of sacrament meeting speakers mentioned that Mother's Day was founded by a mother who wanted to honor fallen soldiers. Actually, she founded it to rally women together to fight against war and for a more peaceful world. Sadly, our present day saccherine Mother's Day celebrations have dramatically diverged from this noble original intent. Check out her fiery proclamation below. (Thanks, Jana.)

Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation - 1870

Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.

"From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.
"Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.


Blogger Bored in Vernal said...

Now _that_ is stirring! (I'm keeping it handy in case I ever get to give the Mother's Day talk!)

5/13/2007 2:45 PM  
Blogger Seymour Glass said...

a "mother heart" (this a-grammatical phrase sends chills down my spine) is a heart that loves a "father heart" very much. and when two hearts love each other they show that love in such a way that little baby hearts are born. i would think you'd know that...we had some not so great mother's day talks too.

5/13/2007 9:50 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

BOV, yes, I'm planning to quote from it if I ever get to do a mother's day talk.

nice :) Your explanation brings up some good questions. Along with baby hearts and father hearts, is there a lawyer heart, do you think? How about a sanitation worker heart? Maybe there's also a dentist and a toilet scrubber heart? Questions to ponder...

5/14/2007 11:11 AM  
Blogger amelia said...

now caroline, are you suggesting that 'mother' and 'toilet scrubber' are in any way comparable? for shame...

i got to give one of the mother's day talks. i used the story of deborah, as well as eliza r. snow and esther. there was no mention of mother hearts or mothers of the army of helaman...

5/14/2007 11:41 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Caroline: If you have to *ask* what a mother heart is . . . well, you don't really want me to finish that thought, do you? :)

amelia: You talked about me? Wahoo!

5/14/2007 4:43 PM  
Blogger amelia said...

of course deborah. i talk about you all the time. it was more than past due that i have an opportunity to do it over the pulpit...

5/14/2007 5:32 PM  

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