Sir,—Your correspondent under the heading' " Burdens of Marriage" seems to indicate that the attitude of the Catholic body towards those who are bringing up large families is utterly without consideration. I do not regard this as fair comment. Everyone knows that the job of bringing up a large family is a heavy one and of course the family needs all the help it can get especially when the children arc small.
It has been my privilege to work intimately with the Union of Catholic Mothers for the last 30 years and that body has a wholesome respect for and deep interest in all Catholic mothers and those who are blessed with large families are their special consideration. It is an everyday occurrence for members of the U.C.M. to take care of the younger end of a large family when a new baby is coming or when the family is faced with some crisis. Help is never lacking and this help is of a very practical kind and readily given.
Your correspondent might like to know that for many years the U.C.M. has had two Rest Homes for mothers—one in the North and one in the South. Mothers in need of rest and recuperation go with their infants and get a complete rest. Meantime their families are shared by members of the U.C.M. and Mother comes home rested and able to cope once more with her home and family. Both rest homes are in charge of Religious Orders and the physical and spiritual rehabilitation that has been accomplished over the years, makes us feel that here at least, is one very practical way of helping the tired and overburdened mother who may be in real danger of a breakdown. Family breakdown is easy when the mother's strength is exhausted or when she is overwhelmed by family cares.
Do not let us make the mistake of thinking that no case work is clone by the Catholic body. The S.V.P. knows well the needs of the large family and their timely assistance in moments of crisis is often a maximum contribution. Nor can We afford to forget the contribution made by the many Catholic voluntary workers in the field of family welfare, They along with their Catholic professional colleagues in the statutory social and welfare services are doing much to care for the family and restore it to its rightful place in society.
Surely the grace of Almighty God will do the rest.
M. M. C. Kemball. Deputy National President, Union of Catholic Mothers.