Mothers’ Day

by Richard on March 18, 2007

It’s Mothering Sunday today — popularly known as Mothers’ Day. The tradition of Mothering Sunday has quite different origins from the American Mothers’ Day, but while their origins are different they are elebrated in exactly the same way.

I’ve been reminded that Mothers’ Day was the brainchild of activist Julia Ward Howe, who issued this Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870.

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
“We will not have great questions decided 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 the 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 at 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.

I find it ironic that it is the 4th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq tomorrow.

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Ruchi 04.06.07 at 12:54 pm

The irony is well depicted! Well, while celebrating Mother’s Day one should acknowledge the hard work of both Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis. These great women made a significant contribution in the carving of Mother’s Day and giving mother’s there due recognition in the society. One can find great details on Mother’s Day history and story of Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis in

My great regards for all the loving mommies

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