Mother's Day | Irena Sendler's Courageous Heart

Last Updated June 27th, 2013
Mother's Day | Irena Sendler's Courageous Heart

Mother's Day

Mother's Day 

Mothers Day Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler Movie imageI was drawn to watch a DVD movie recently that Spirit wished me to see. It was called The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, the true story of a social worker who was arrested and tortured by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children, by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto during World War II at a time when Hitler was waging a hate campaign to exterminate of the Jewish people. Because of the atrocities against humanity that Irena witnessed, she became a member of the Polish underground. She stood up for what was right, not what was easy.

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Irena, who incidentally died in Warsaw at the age of 98 in May 2008, helped care for the uprooted children, individuals and families in the ghetto at the time of the Holocaust. She was single, not a mother herself, yet she became a mother to thousands of Jewish children that she helped smuggle out of the ghetto, so that they could live a life of freedom, hidden among the Polish families as one of their own children. Mother's Day, like many holidays, has to do with a yearly celebration of our important historical figures and our heros, like our mother on Mother's Day.

Irena Sendler - a Hero for Mother's Day


Irena Sendler's story exemplifies what mothers will do for their families. Spirit asks all on Mother's Day that we reflect on heros such as Irena and the Polish mothers who helped the children survive. Despite daily threats of persecution and death, Irena's heart was of love. She had faith in God to help her to do what was necessary and what she could to save a child from senseless death. The Polish women who took in the Jewish children, knowing they could be killed for their kindness and compassion, raised these children as their own. They loved them and they kept them safe. Every day they too feared for their lives because of their actions, but their faith, integrity and convictions moved them forward. Can you possibly imagine the anguish that the Jewish mothers suffered as they gave up their children? They had to choose from their deep love for them, that is what made them send them on their way, as they only wanted the best for them, and knowing full well that they would likely never see them again. The children had a chance at life even though the parents' death seemed certain. Would your mother die for you? Would you die for your children?

Mother's Day Idea - Send Love & Respect

Mother's Day Irena Sendler imageAt the end of WWII, some Jewish children were reunited with their mothers, while millions of children did not survive the widespread Nazi killings. The smuggled Jewish children who survived were given life by not one, but two mothers. So, let us give our heartfelt thoughts and thanks to all mothers as Mother's Day comes upon us, for all of their sacrifices that they have given for their children so that they may live. Too many children today in developed nations do not understand or even acknowledge that parental hardship occurs out of love to provide for their families, or that mothers still die trying to give birth, regardless of all of the advances in modern medicine. It is not enough to say, "I love you, Mother (Mom, Mum)" on Mother's Day. Perhaps, a thank you and your respect are also in order. Even if your mother is not your hero, or even if you disagreed with any of her decisions, you wouldn't be here if she hadn't put forth her efforts to help you live. Mother's Day is a celebration of life. Celebrate your life and acknowledge your mother. She deserves it.

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