Mothers Learning to Pause for Prayer

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For in giving themselves to others each day women fulfil their deepest vocation. Perhaps more than men, women acknowledge the person, because they see persons with their hearts. They see them independently of various ideological or political systems. They see others in their greatness and limitations; they try to go out to them and help them. In this way the basic plan of the Creator takes flesh in the history of humanity and there is constantly revealed, in the variety of vocations, that beauty-not merely physical, but above all spiritual-which God bestowed from the very beginning on all, and in a particular way on women.

LETTER OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
TO WOMEN

It is in serving our families where we truly find life, because to serve is to love…

But how can a Christian Mother (whether biological or spiritual)… survive a day full of work  in the house, in the workplace and in many cases in both?

From where can we draw strength and find the help necessary not to fall into the temptation of thinking that the small things we do are of no value?

Prayer is our weapon!

We are so good at implementing  strict routines whenever our body requires it… a healthier diet to feel lighter, to lose weight and have a more agile body.

Again to please the body we might try to sleep more and we even manage at times to fit in a drastic fitness schedule. These are all great things… but how easy it is to neglect the spirit and to forget that we are one, body and spirit and if the spirit is lacking food to survive, the body will eventually have to pay the consequences.

When daily life just becomes only a to do list that needs to be ticked off… service is empty… and yes our little things have no value because love was nowhere to be found in our hardened heart.

Though every day is a new day,  a new beginning and the mercy of God is so great that he showers us with graces whenever we are open to receive them.

How can we train our spirit to help us in our vocation as mothers and women, then?

Here is a simple daily prayer programme to keep our spirit fit…

Start every morning … even before your eyes are open… yes before your vital coffee or indispensable tea,  reciting ‘the Benedictus’ (Zacharia’s song of praise)

THE BENEDICTUS

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Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Israel;
He has come to His people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
Born of the house of His servant David.

Through His holy prophets He promised of old
That He would save us from our enemies,
From the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers
And to remember His holy Covenant.

This was the oath He swore to our father Abraham:
To set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship Him without fear,
Holy and righteous in His sight
All the days of our life.

You, My child shall be called
The prophet of the Most High,
For you will go before the Lord to prepare His way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our Lord
The dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
And the shadow of death,
And to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning.
is now, and will be forever.

Amen.

As the clock strikes midday STOP whatever you are doing, PAUSE (that’s really hard… for me in particular) and say the Angelus. It’s a beautiful and ancient prayer that reminds us each day of the miracle of the Incarnation and the privileged place that Mary had in that universe-changing event. Remind yourself of the YES that Mary gave to God’s plan. Something that we can join as we say our own YES to God’s plan for us.

THE ANGELUS

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The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen. 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

Hail Mary . . . 

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

Hail Mary . . . 


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen. 

You are well into another busy day… struggle is only natural. It’s Three O’Clock. You have another great opportunity to raise your eyes up to the Heavens, to stop pretending that you are coping just fine … to rest in the Lord if only for a few minutes. The Three O’Clock prayer is a very powerful prayer that will see you through until evening.

THE THREE O’CLOCK PRAYER

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You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

Another day draws to the end. Count your blessings, God loves you, God wants you as His child, His Mother is your mother too. Recite it slowly and taste every word.

THE MAGNIFICAT

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My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.

(Lk 1:46-55)

 

  • Repeat every day
  • Set an alarm at 12pm and 3pm
  • Learn these prayers by heart
  • Taste the Love of the Creator and the sweetness of His Mother
  • LOVE and SERVE your family
  • TO LOVE IS TO SERVE.
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