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image Donna Curtiss and her mom, Nellie Troehler
image Martha and Mark LeHouiller

By Catholic Digest Staff

It’s true, of course, that God is neither male nor female.  But it’s also true that our parents, at their best, are tangible signs of God’s love and care for us. The Scriptures are full of both paternal and maternal images for God, and while we speak more easily of God as Father, God is also spoken of in terms of a mother’s love, a mother embracing, nurturing, caring, loving, protecting, and giving of herself for us.


So when we asked readers to tell us about their mom and why she is the best, we got lots of replies comparing their mother’s love to God’s. In the way they put their children first, the way they’ve guided their children and prayed for them and never gave up on them — all the ways these moms show love to their children are signs of the even greater love God has for each of us.


Choosing winners among these entries is a no-win situation. How do you choose the best mom from so many different circumstances and life situations? There were great differences of opinion among the editors but we finally narrowed it down, as we were asked, to the top five.


May these top five and all our entries, inspire each one of us to tell our moms we love them and what they mean to us, whether in person, a phone call, letter, or prayer.


I’ll be calling my own mom this evening, for sure.


Dan Connors




I see the changes in my mother’s appearance as the years pass by. At the age of fifty five, her hair is turning gray as some are falling that will turn her bald eventually.  The dark circles under her eyes and her gaunt face are proofs of years’ sacrifices for us, her three children. She’s always wanted to give us everything we need the best she could even though we’ve always lived in dire straights. That’s why I didn’t know we were that poor when I was a child. I thought we were prince and princesses, at least that’s how she treated us, and she still does. Mom is God-fearing and self-sacrificing. She’s the one who taught me how to pray the rosary and she’d rather live all her life without her front teeth than to spend money for a denture. My mother can’t see me anymore from afar without her thick eyeglasses. But in her eyes, we’re still her young prince and princesses, and to me she’s always the best!

-Kit Perez


If anyone was born to be a Mom – it is my Mom.  My Mom has never been more beautiful, more loving and understanding than she is today.  She is 87, nearly 88 years old and she has been a Mom for 62 years.  She has 7 children, each one believing that they are her favorite.  Her Mother’s heart enfolds all of us.  All of our lives we have known her love, and her laughter.  Actually, she and Dad were born to be parents.  My Dad used to say jokingly that if we did believe in reincarnation, he would like to come back as one of Mom’s children.  They were married for nearly 60 years when Dad died.  During our Dad’s twenty-year illness, we continued to learn from Mom through her genuine courage, inner strength and faithfulness. It is through my Mom’s faith, unconditional love, and forgiveness that all of her children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren have come to know God and to feel a special bond with our Blessed Mother.  While life has not always been easy, my Mom has handled whatever came her way with uncompromised faith and grace.  No wonder I love my Mom.

-Donna Curtiss


Hallo mum, how are you? Do you ever get tired of hearing me saying this, 'you are my hero'? I'm certain you cherish it. How did you ever see us through as a single parent? You smiled through the hardships and challenges you faced while raising us, your three lovely boys, now full-grown men! Mum, I love you.  With tears in my eyes, I remember the times you went to bed hungry but our tummies were bulging. Mum, the beauty of your heart is beyond comprehension. Never was a time you talked ill of our dad even though he was merrymaking while we toiled for survival. Dear mama, you always told me, your favorite last-born child (though you loved us all), to work hard in school, be a positive minded person to escape from the poverty and drudgery that afflicted our ghetto society.

-Wilson Kibaki, Kenya


My mom is pure peace; I learned it in her womb and today, raising a toddler son, mom slows life down to true perspective. Mom is my real angel. She is a natural woman. When I am with her, it is relaxed timelessness; we enjoy each other in the present moment. Freedom is sharing faith. I am myself with my mom. I am confident and I am a little girl. My mom always wants the best for me and I can trust when she says something, it is from her heart, for my benefit. Mom loves simple pleasures. We both appreciate church, the sea and the library. Mom has innocence about her; she sees the good in others; and she loves me with her whole soul. Mom gifted our son with her big, beautiful sky-blue eyes, full of light. Mom always puts me first. Her gentle spirit and wonderful listening ears encourage me to love being a woman. Mom shows me how to be the 'heart' of my home as she showed me by example, her softness, gentleness and pure, quiet spirit of love. By leading me to enjoy a tiny flower, a sunrise and Jesus' Mother Mary, I have found lasting joy here on Earth. I see the way my mom can turn my day around; and beautifully awaken me to trust myself. She loves our son and nature; true gifts!!!! I learned about St. Gerard from mom; the 'Mother's Saint who leads us to peace and comfort; caring for others through Hope.

-Paula Timson


My Mom, Martha M. LeHouiller, married my Dad, Robert E. LeHouiller over 61 years ago this past October 2.  A Light shines on her when she comes into a room. She gave birth to 11 children, 6 boys and 5 girls.  Her life was devoted to us, showing us a strong faith that sustains in many of us today. Her love of God was apparent in anyone she encountered.  Her wit and wisdom, compassion, love, and kindness are just a few words to express about my mom. She became deaf at age of 9 due to busted eardrums. She was 19 when she had her first hearing aid. She learned how to read lips and accepted her disabilities with courage and strong faith. I’ve spoken with her many times and listened to many stories about our lives. She has touched so many people with her smile, her grace and her love of all kind. They survived a horrible car accident in 2002, which made national news. Their car totaled, however, a license plate with “God is My Co-Pilot” was very visible. I have so much to say about her and hope she wins this award.

-Mark M. LeHouiller

Catholic Digest Staff