coriesu: “ “Has the tender love of a father or the liberality of a king toward his subjects ever reached as far as the love of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist! …O, the good fortune of the Christian, how little it is appreciated! No, dear.
The Holy Family (Luke If God calls you to marriage, then remember Christ's foster father: he loved his wife and son more than himself, and would do anything to protect them from harm. Learn from him, and don't be afraid to ask him to pray for you.
Mama is deeply religious and wants to pass on Christian values to the rest of the family. In addition the death of her husband could be called "messianic" as his death provided the family with the money they needed to purchase a house.