Childhood brings with it a steady stream of emotions. As we love to see our kids happy and thriving, we also need to address their stresses and fears no matter how unfounded or irrational they may seem. This might seem uneasy. As much as our words and actions as parents can help our children feel safe and teach them to cope, it is also important that parents look up to Saints for help.

The following are five saints who were mothers. Each of these women represents a certain aspect of motherhood. They can help parents and mothers most especially in their efforts to raise holy and virtuous children.

The Blessed Mother: Known as a virtuous woman

St. Elizabeth is the first saint to be born in the United States. She was raised in the Episcopal church, married a wealthy businessman and had five children. Sadly, her husband’s business went bankrupt, and he died of tuberculosis. Now a widow and single mother, Elizabeth became a Catholic and started a school in order to support her family. She continued to endure hardships even at the death of two daughters. This Saint faced difficulties in her mission to lead a religious order, yet she is remembered as being cheerful and hopeful. Like her husband, she contracted tuberculosis and died at age 46. Her feast day is celebrated on January 4th.

Ask her to intercede for you in times of hardship.

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