Today’s Prayer: O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice, come! Like Elizabeth in today’s Gospel as we pause in gratitude for the many visits that Mary has made to our lives. We give thanks for those visits as they were made present by our own mothers. With the gift of life, our mothers carried us in their wombs and gave me life. Like Mary and Elizabeth, they tenderly, patiently cared for us and taught us to walk and talk. They read to us and made us laugh. No one delighted in our successes more; no one could comfort us better in our failures. We are grateful as we remember the gift of Mary during our journey to Christmas, for how our mothers, nurtured us and mentored me, and even disciplined me.
In the spirit of Mary and Elizabeth, please bless our mothers and all mothers, Lord, whether they are living or deceased. Comfort them, help them to have loving hearts and to continue to love and give of themselves to others. Strengthen them when they are down and give them hope when they are discouraged.
Most of all, God, during the seasons of Advent and Christmas, give all mothers the graces they most need and desire. We pray this, grateful for the gifts of Mary and Elizabeth and all mothers in the name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen!
PS Loving God just one more things, in the spirit of Mary and Elizabeth bless all mothers who want to conceive with the gift of life!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
A prayer or two to help you through your day!