Mothers of God

“We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself? And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of Man is begotten in us.”

– Meister Eckhart, 1260-1328, German Dominican monk


  1. Wow! I certainly hadn’t thought of giving birth to the Divine Son within me! And yet, I have thought of having the Divine Being within me. So that must be the same. Meister Eckhart just says it differently from how I’ve ever thought of it. But I like being reminded of birthing the Divine – especially during this season. Yes! Thank you for the reminder and this new way of thinking of containing the Divine Presence within.


  2. I find myself wanting to say some of the same words that Mary said in “the Magnificat”. Blessed am I among humanity! That in my lowly estate, I should be so chosen to bear the Holy One!


    1. I hope your retreat was blessed and opened a space within you to give birth to God in your time and culture. I am grateful for and encouraged by Eckhart’s words and challenge.

      Peace be with you,


    1. Unfortunately, I do not know. I have also tried to find it. I find the quotation frequently but no citation, only attribution to a sermon of Eckhart. I am sorry I cannot be of more assistance. Let me know if your find a source.



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