I’m going to tell you a bit about Emilia Kaczorowska Wojtyla. Don’t know who she is? Good. I didn’t either until 8 hours ago.
The incredible Father Nathan Cromly shared her story at the Columbus Women’s Catholic Conference today. Although the conference struck me in practically 1.37 million ways (the theme was “Mercy Changes Everything”…no further explanation needed), this one part stood out amongst all the rest. This one part that the only male speaker shared to 3,000 women. This one part is about Emilia.
Maybe she hasn’t left my mind because I have a special place in this heart of mine for the beauty of womanhood and the miracle that is motherhood. Yes, I would agree with this self-analysis. You’ll find that the Catholic Church shares these same passions.
What Emilia did to uphold her dignity as a daughter of God is nothing short of pure inspiration. However, she never got to witness an ounce of the vastly massive (add some more vast in there) impact that following God’s will would have. That’s why we look to the mothers of the most holy. Let the list of ladies roll in!
This mother of one living son and one buried daughter was advised to have an abortion due to her failing health. This pregnancy came after a period of grieving a lost newborn. It succeeded endless years of finding no success in conceiving a child. And it was said to be fatal.
Doctors were able to assure her life over the possible lost lives of both mother and child. Certainty could have replaced ongoing misery. The option of convenience was present. But like our Blessed Mother, the cross is where Emilia knelt down. It’s where she chose to trust with honor. Her deepest vocation was to give herself to others and let God take control.
Emilia gave birth to a son on May 18, 1920 and survived for the next eight years. The baby’s name was Karol Wojtyla; more commonly known as Pope John Paul II. Now we have the pleasure of calling him Saint John Paul II (as well as reading very long letters that he has written to women in order to avoid all academic tasks). I think it’s a universal agreement that His legacy has no limits. I hope that her’s will not either.
With all respect to JP2 and my brothers in Christ, no life is made possible without the will of a mother. It’s just not possible! The heart of the mother is the birthplace of her child. Her love holds her baby before her arms are able to embrace the one she has been nourishing. She is selfless in sacrifice, says yes without full understanding and adds an invaluable gift of the image and likeness of God into this world. I’m sorry gentlemen, but you can’t fully compete for this one (:
The message you could get out of this post is, “Choose life because that baby may be the future pope/president/entrepreneur/best parent of the year”. There’s truth in that. But I hope to shed light on obedience to love, to never hide from the cross and to suffer with eyes fixed on the Lord. God blesses faithfulness. God blesses his steadfast daughters.
One woman at a time. Practicing humility. Obeying God’s righteousness. Seeking His glory in all circumstances. Not succumbing to society’s pressures. Dwelling in trust. That is the standard that has been set before me. I am striving for it. Gender aside, I pray that you are too.
For in giving themselves to others each day, women fulfill their deepest vocation. Perhaps more than men, women acknowledge the person, because they see persons with their hearts. They see them independently of various ideological or political systems. They see others in their greatness and limitations; they try to go out to them and help them. In this way the basic plan of the Creator takes flesh in the history of humanity, and there is constantly revealed in the variety of vocations that beauty —not merely physical, but above all spiritual —which God bestowed from the very beginning on all and in a particular way on women. – Saint John Paul II, 6/29/1995