Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today (and everyday) we celebrate Mother’s day. We give them flowers, bring them to restaurants, give them drawings or crafts, listen to their favorite song or artist all day. We pray to God in thanksgiving for the person through whom we were brought into the world. We, as a parish, need to pray and support all mothers in the ever increasing challenge of raising children in today’s DNA. However, today is also a difficult day for many people as well. I invite you to add to your prayers our brothers and sisters whose mother passed away, the mothers who are grieving for their children both born and unborn, those whose hearts are heavy because their children are sick or facing some other difficulties.
Please join me as we lift all of them in PRAYER as we say:
“All loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old;
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need;
May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us;
May they continue to guide in strong and gentle ways.
We remember mothers that are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict;
May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers who are no longer with us, but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love”.
By Heidi Busse
Father Steven Clemence