From the Bible:
Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. See upon the palms of my hands I have engraved you; (Isaiah 49, 15-16).
St. Anne's life:
Tradition represents Saint Ann holding an open Bible. While she made sure that her daughter had enough to eat and fed her body, she also nourished Mary’s soul with the Word of God. Anne is the saint patroness of teachers, to remind us that parents are the first teachers of their children.
With St. Anne’s tender intercession, Yvon Nicolazic became a father. With her help, he and Guillemette were able to raise children for God’s greatest glory: Sylvestre, his first-born, became a priest, while his daughter Jeanne found her calling in matrimony and children-rearing. The last two of Yvon’s children died at an early age. Yvon is like modern-day parents and guardians: he’s anxious about his children, he does his best to supply to their needs, he wants the best for them, both in this life and the one after.
The Church’s teachings:
Fecundity is a gift, and end of marriage, for conjugal love naturally tends to be fruitful. A child does not come from outside as something added on to the mutual love of the spouses, but springs from the very heart of that mutual giving, at its fruit and fulfillment. So the Church, which is “on the side of life,” teaches that “it is necessary that each and every marriage act remain ordered per se to the procreation of human life.” “This particular doctrine, expounded on numerous occasions by the Magisterium, is based on the inseparable connection, established by God, which man on his own initiative may not break, between the unitive significance and the procreative significance which are both inherent to the marriage act.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, § 2366.
The society must acknowledge the highest value of the parents’ role, which prepares the future of a nation. Indeed, you are the first persons in charge of the human and Christian upbringing of your children. The family community built on love and faithfulness provides the children with the security and stability they need to grow into a responsible adult. It is in a climate of love and tenderness, selflessness and forgiveness, that the personalities can thrive and develop in harmoniously.
From John Paul II speech to young couples and their children in St. Anne d’Auray, September 20th, 1996, §9.
Let us pray:
On this day, O St. Anne, we lift up in our prayers fathers, mothers, fosters parents and adoptive parents. Whether they are the givers of life or the givers of care, we thank God for their presence and their labor of love. Saint patroness of teachers, help them bring up their children in peace and stability. Take under your caring wings the parents who care for special needs children. Watch over the parents whose children are facing dramatic situations, such as drug abuse, unemployment, illness, or separation, which makes their heart of parent bleed. Amen.
Saint Anne, we pray you,
Be the guard
Of faith in our hearts,
Of grace in our souls,
Of the solidity of our homes
Of love in our family
Of reconciliation in the Church
Of peace in the world.
Keep alive in us
The virtue of hope.
- One Our Father, one Hail Mary, One Glory Be.
- Say once “St. Anne, pray for us and our families.”
- A rosary decade, or even a full rosary (five decades).
- “St. Anne, pray for us and our families.”
Recommended reading: Radiation of Fatherhood, by Fr. Karol Wojtyla (Theater play)
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