The Word Among Us

May 2018 Issue

A Mother’s Mission

During a time of war and persecution, Conchita de Armida cared for her children—and for the whole Mexican Church.

By: Laura Loker

A Mother’s Mission: During a time of war and persecution, Conchita de Armida cared for her children—and for the whole Mexican Church. by Laura Loker

Every year, Pentecost makes me think wistfully about the work of evangelization I did during my college years. The Bible studies and retreats that I invited other students to attend made a visible impact. But after I married, had a child, and stopped working full-time, my “mission field” didn’t seem so clear-cut. I often wondered: “How can I build the Church when I can barely keep up with laundry? How can I be open to anything extra when I’m tied to a baby who needs to eat every two hours?”

It was the perfect time to get acquainted with a nineteenth-century Mexican wife and mother named Concepción Cabrera de Armida, also known...

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