"The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called
"the domestic church," a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity."
Catechism of the Catholic Church  #1666.

Wives and mothers, bearing the brunt of domestic chores day by day in their homes, should not forget the importance of their service there. It was not for nothing that Our Lord spent thirty years of his life at home doing ordinary things, and only spent some three years preaching the Gospel. Ordinary things have an extraordinary value in the eyes of God, especially when done as acts of love, love of God and love of the family. But their special value comes from the fact that God became man, lived a family life in Nazareth with Mary and Joseph, and thereby sanctified the ordinary and gave it meaning.
Catholic mothers know, but may forget from time to time, that they can become saints in the home. Similarly, of course, the daily round in the office, in the factory or anywhere in the workplace, can lead to holiness, because holiness consists in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
No way of life, no set of responsibilities excludes people form sanctity, nor dispenses them from striving for it.
Every act, however small and unimportant, can be an act of love. One day, if we have remained faithful to our vocation, we shall hear God say: "Well done, good and faithful servant", because we have been faithful over little things.

Family life is not made up of time spent in the kitchen, or round the table or in domestic work. It is people who matter, and what greater vocation can there be than to bring up a family. Catholic mothers do not need to be told this, but it is good for all of us to be reminded of it. Our Lord, as man, had to learn, and who did he learn from at the beginning? Who gave him the example which every child needs? Who gave him the affection and tenderness that enables the growing child to become the mature adult? It was his mother.

Mothers have their worries, their disappointments, their heartbreaks. Mary too was sometimes puzzled and in distress. She had to flee with her son into Egypt; once she lost him on a pilgrimage. She saw him dying and in agony. It is sometimes like that for mothers. When it happens, it is hard to make sense of it. You have to trust and go on trusting. A sword pierced Our Lady's heart; it will sometimes pierce yours. She was perhaps closest to him when she had to share most intimately in his passion. So it will be with you.

When hard times come your way and you are asked to share in the passion of Christ, then you will know you are very close to Our Lord and to his mother. In every pain and sorrow there are deep joys and peace to be discovered. This is the happiness of being one with him.

Source: Cardinal Basil Hume O.S.B