Motherhood makes me think. This week on Mothering Heights, I ask the question, “What does it mean to be fully alive?”

I remember this story of a Roman soldier, drowning in sorrow, who asked Caesar for permission to commit suicide. Caesar answered, “But when have you really been alive?”


I’ve been mulling over this story, especially in the ordinariness of my days, wondering if I have been “really alive” when I haven’t been doing anything grand. I remember two things:


First, St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is a person fully alive.” God is invested in my coming alive. He is honored when I live.


Second, Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10b). John’s gospel uses the word life 36 times, more than any other book in the bible. It was important to him—to us—that we understand.

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