- J.R.R. Tolkien's mother died when he was 12. He was subsequently raised by Fr. Francis Xavier Morgan of the Birmingham Oratory, in the shadow, so to speak, of the great Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman.
- C.S. Lewis's mother died when he was 10. His unusual relationship with Mrs. Moore, the mother of a friend lost in WWI, perhaps can be partially attributed to his need for a mother.
- Karol Wojtyla's mother died when he was eight. There is no doubt that this experience helped form Wojtyla's understanding of the importance of mothers not only in the natural life of men, but in our supernatural life, which, of course, is built upon our nature.
- John Lennon's mother, Julia, died when he was 17.
- Paul McCartney's mom, Mary, died when he was 14.
Monday, August 29, 2011
At least five very influential men in the 20th century loss their mothers at an early age, having a profound effect on them.
Posted by Robert Gotcher at Monday, August 29, 2011