.- Marking the celebration of Motherâs Day, Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan Puerto Rico, reminded mothers that âa baby is always a gift from God,â and he thanked God for âwomen who have accepted the challenge to be mothers.â
In his Sunday homily, Archbishop Gonzalez condemned abortion and, in reference to its legality, recalled that âwhat is legal is not necessarily morally acceptable.â
âA baby is always a gift from God. Life is a gift from God. I would not like to think that someone might have an abortion because of economic difficulties. We have a saying here in Puerto Rico: âWhere two can eat so can threeâ,â said the Archbishop, adding that during the celebration of Motherâs Day, âwe give thanks to God and to the women who have accepted the challenge of being mothers.â
Archbishop Gonzalez reiterated the Archdioceseâs offer that any woman who finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy and is considering abortion, to approach the Archdiocese of San Juan and receive all of the economic, emotional, psychological and spiritual support necessary to carry the baby to term.
During his homily the Archbishop expressed thanks to God for âthe presence of mothers in our world--an irreplaceable presence. Each human being has the right to enjoy the love of his or her mother and to grow up beneath her shadow,â he added.
Likewise, Archbishop Gonzalez acknowledged the desire of Puerto Rican families to increase their standard of living, but he emphasized that economic limitations are not an impediment to faithfully fulfilling the vocation to motherhood or fatherhood.
âPoverty, as such, does not impede a womenâs fulfillment as mother. In fact, the vast majority of us were born in the context of relative poverty. Therefore, I donât think that poverty is the main problem, although we must work to overcome it,â he explained.