I’ve never really liked carnations. But I may have to change my opinion.
It turns out that the woman who founded Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, chose the white carnation as the emblem of the day because it was her mother’s favorite. Anna wanted the white flower ‘to symbolize the truth, purity and broad-charity of mother love…”
This weekend is the 101st anniversary of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis’ labor of love in tribute to her own mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. During the Civil War, Ann Jarvis cared for the wounded from both sides, and after the war organized “Mothers Friendship Days” to work toward healing and reconciliation between families of the North and South. In her honor, Anna Jarvis worked to create Mother’s Day on the anniversary of Ann’s death.
Early feminists embraced Mother’s Day as a celebration of the unique contribution that a mother provides – not only to her family – but to the broader community as well.
At its heart, Mother’s Day is a recognition of the power of motherhood. Tragically, the modern feminist movement has rooted feminine power in abortion, the ultimate destruction of motherhood.
And because motherhood does have such significance for binding together families and communities, this shift in worldview has far-reaching effects. As the abortion mentality has taken hold and metasticized, the value of life in other contexts has eroded as well.
Just a few years ago we witnessed the spectacle of so-called academic “ethicists,” who contended that killing a baby after birth is no different than killing before birth.
Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva argued in the Journal of Medical Ethics: “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.” Without a right to life, death is an option, and not only for newborns.
The two authors took tremendous criticism for their article on “after-birth abortion.” However, we’re seeing a continuing rise in the implications of the Culture of Death. This year, AUL’s legal team tracked bills in more than 20 states where legislators sought to make it easier to kill the elderly and sick through assisted suicide. Without respect for life, from conception to natural death, all are at risk.
Protecting life begins with showing respect for those who choose every day to do the wonderful and hard work of parenting. Mother’s Day is a lynchpin of rebuilding a Culture of Life.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating the mothers in your life. I think I’m going to make a point of buying my mother carnations. They might just become one of my favorite flowers.
Happy Mother’s Day.