Pastor's Corner

2024 05-12  God Bless All Mothers, Far and Wide

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and families traditionally gather together on this day to remember and honor their mothers in a special way.  Many people take time to reflect on how much mothers do for their families and the many sacrifices they make on behalf of their spouse, children, and other loved ones.  Primarily through their teaching and their example, they also play an essential role in passing down their faith to their children.  They also often guide their children through their formative years with great love, patience, and kindness.

Pope Francis has a great respect for the vocation of motherhood.  The media outlet, “Vatican News”, reported that Pope Francis “expressed his appreciation for women who have given birth to children, and entrusted them to the protection of Our Lady” as he stated, “Let us recall with gratitude and affection all mothers, those who are still with us and those who have gone to Heaven.  Let us entrust them to Mary, the mother of Jesus.”

The following prayer called “A Prayer for All Mothers” asks God to bless all mothers for all that they do.

As we reflect on this prayer, we are encouraged to give thanks to our mothers.  It is fitting to thank them for all that they do, and for the example they set for us.  We may continue to honor them primarily by obeying them in our younger years, and by graciously taking care of them in their advancing years.  It is also appropriate to thank them for all the spiritual guidance they have provided to us.  In addition, we can also remember those mothers who have died, but still have a special place in our hearts.

Dear God, we come to You in prayer,
for all mothers, everywhere, the love for their child so pure, a bond that nothing can obscure.
In countries near and far, mothers are our guiding star.
In languages and cultures distant, their love for children is consistent.
Mothers who guide and shape, the future of each landscape,
they weave together tomorrow’s song and raise their children to be strong.
To be kind and compassionate, to build a world that’s just and great,
their love is a beacon of light, guiding us through each dark night.
May God bless all mothers, far and wide, with strength, grace,
and peace inside, may their love shine brighter than the sun,
the ones who make life, one by one.  Amen.

On behalf of the clergy, staff, and parishioners of Saint Brigid, we wish all mothers a happy, healthy, and holy Mother’s Day.   We hope they enjoy their special day.


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