Day One: Let us pray for women yearning for motherhood
As we begin our week of prayer for moms, let us focus first on all these women who strongly desire a child, yet remain unsuccessful. Infertility may be lived as an injustice by the woman, and it can take a heavy toll on her physical and emotional well-being. She may be called barren, infertile and unfruitful, may be shamed by society because others still think that a woman who can’t conceive is of no value.
May God grant these women relief from the pain and the shame. May He instill in them the Spirit of Hope, and may He empower us to become a supportive presence to these women during moments of despair.
O Lord, Thy will be done: may these women bear fruits, each one of them according to the gifts you granted them.
Have you met St. Elisabeth?
Luke 1, 5-17: In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they had no child because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years. Once when he was serving as priest […] the angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of [the] Lord.
This “John” was John the Baptist, about whom Christ said later: “Among them that are born of women there has not arisen a greater than John the Baptist”.
May Elisabeth’s birth story give hope to all women fighting infertility.
Prayer for our Moms
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of our mothers, through whom You give us life and through whom we experience love. We thank You for Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, a mother so gracious and a woman of example in motherhood for all of us.
Lord Jesus Christ, today we lift up all mothers in our prayer, believers and non-believers alike, as we thank them for all the pain, suffering and commitment it took to raise us, for the sacrifice of their time, leisure, and personal interests to give us a satisfying life.
Heavenly Father, we pray that You keep them in your unending grace, always.
Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6