December 19, 2017

A pregnant woman waits to be seen at the Women's National Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador, in January 2016. (CNS / Reuters / Jose Cabezas)

"No matter how neat and tidy the Nativity story has become, mothers know the rawness of it all. Mary had morning sickness and swollen ankles and fatigue. She felt emotion so deep it made her weep. Her water broke, and her body heaved in sweat and pain as she labored like so many women have throughout history. She cried out in anguish and, later, in joy."

—Sr. Tracy Kemme in "Mamas talk Advent: waiting, community," published on Global Sisters Report