Does a Mother have spiritual authority over her children?

September 2, 2022


First of all, thank you for your witness and all you do for the Catholic Church. Your work and your talks are truly uplifting! My question is, that I understand that the father is the spiritual head of the household, but what happens when he passes away? I recently lost my husband to Cancer and I don' t know if I now have this spiritual authority in my home or if it is gone with him. Our two grown children continue to live with me.  I appreciate your insights on this matter. God bless you and stay well.


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Does a Mother have spiritual authority over her children? 

A) Yes, read the following three verses from Sacred Scripture.  

*Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that you may have a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”  

*Colossians 3:20 “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.” 

*Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents [in the Lord], for this is right. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise, “that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth.”