As Saint Josemaría Escrivá once said: “We are all called to be saints in the middle of the world by doing ordinary things.” So, can mothers and wives be saints? Can all the kid’s screaming, cooking, cleaning, the never ending mountains of laundry, and the lack of sleep take us to heaven? Yes, it can, but this is not an easy road. I always remember what one priest once told me: “If things are going perfectly fine, without problems, you should worry. That is not the way to heaven.”
When I was a mom in my twenties, I used to get so mad when I overheard other women complaining about how their kids were not reading or writing the way they wanted. During this time, one of my sons was receiving speech and physical therapy services many times a week, so he could do what other kids just learned by themselves. I wanted to yell and tell them to stop whining. That they had a “normal” life. But, what is normal? My crazy life with two kids with disabilities and four with unique and demanding needs is now normal to me.
To tell the truth, I learned a lot from those experiences, even when I don’t remember most of it. Nevertheless, when I think about those times, I feel like my stomach is going to burst. Now, I tell to myself: “Don’t worry about these little things, you are paving your road to heaven.”