Mirren, who I had previously somewhat admired as an actress, has deprived herself of the blessing of children because the thought of childbirth disgusts her. I’m sure she believes that she is fulfilled, but how I pity her, because there is nothing, nothing, nothing so fulfilling, so incredible, so heartening, so rewarding as giving birth to and raising your own children.
Yes, giving birth is messy, yes giving birth is agonising, but the instant that both my babies were put into my arms the pain was forgotten, the indignity faded to nothingness …. and I would do it all again in an instant, if only I hadn’t have been sterilised in an period of utter despair, long before my conversion.
God forgive me.
And God, how I thank you and weep tears of joy for the blessing you have bestowed upon an unworthy sinner such as I. Thank you Lord for the gift of my beautiful children.
I wonder, has Mirren considered that she herself would not be here if her own mother was of a similar persuasion?
I believe it’s called embracing the cross, to endure an agony, so that some greater good might come about….perhaps self-sacrifice is an unfamiliar concept to her?