Most Gracious Heavenly Father,
We thank You for our mothers to whom You have entrusted the care of every precious human life from its very beginning in the womb.
You have given to woman the capacity of participating with You in theÂ Â creation of new life. Grant that every woman may come to understand theÂ full meaning of that blessing, which gives her an unlimited capacity forÂ selfless love for every child she may be privileged to bear, and for allÂ Your children.
Watch over every mother who is with child, strengthen her faith in Your fatherly care and love for her and for her unborn baby. Give her courageÂ in times of fear or pain, understanding in times of uncertainty andÂ doubt, and hope in times of trouble. Grant her joy in the birth of herÂ child.
To mothers You have given the great privilege and responsibility ofÂ Â being a child’s first teacher and spiritual guide. Grant that allÂ mothers may worthily foster the faith of their children, following theÂ example of Mary, Elizabeth, and other holy women who follow Christ. HelpÂ mothers to grow daily in knowledge and understanding of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and grant them the wisdom to impart this knowledge faithfully to their children, and to all who depend upon them.
Assist all “spiritual mothers”, those who, though they may have no children of their own, nevertheless selflessly care for the children of others , Â of every age and state in life. Grant that theyÂ may know the joy of fulfilling this motherly calling of women, whetherÂ in teaching, nursing, religious life, or in other work which recognizesÂ and fosters the true dignity of every human being created in Your imageÂ and likeness.
We beseech You to send Your Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to all mothersÂ who sorrow for children that have died, are ill or estranged from their families, or who are in trouble or danger of any kind. Help grievingÂ Â mothers to rely on Your tender mercy and fatherly love for all yourÂ children.
We ask your blessing on all those to whom You have entrustedÂ motherhood. May Your Holy Spirit constantly inspire and strengthen them.Â Â May they ever follow the example of Mary, mother of Our Lord, andÂ imitate her fidelity, her humility, and her self-giving love. May all mothers receive Your Grace abundantly in this earthly life, and may they look forward to eternal joy in Your presence in the life to come.
We ask this through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.