The woman who was responsible for initiating the celebration of Mother’s Day, Julia Ward Howe, had in mind a noble purpose when she called for women’s unity back in 1870–the start of the French/German war and a few years after the nominal end of the United States Civil War.
Today is a good day to share with you her impassioned cry for the mothers of the world to come together and end the reckless disregard for life and limb that is the horror of war. Our hearts–and all women give birth, whether to babies, ideas or both–may well be crying the same things today:
Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall 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 taught them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another 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!”
God bless mothers today.