Remembering Mary, Mothers, and All Women on Mothers Day

Within faith traditions around the World, the mother of Jesus Christ is revered and elevated to a quasi-divine status through the miracle of her virgin birth to the Son of God. You can find her shawled frame depicted in countless churches, cathedrals, and statues around the Globe, and can hear the story of her epic journey in the candle-lit churches on December 24th when Christians reflect on the eve of Advent. What is perhaps more elusive, is the duality of her nature. She is both saint and human; a conduit for the birth of Christ and guiding mother who prompts him to reveal his miraculous power to a wedding party. In lieu of Mother's Day, it is apt that we reflect on perhaps the most famous mother in history in open form. Below are several prayers, passages, and reflections on Mary in all her fullness. 


Since the meaning of her life has been contested throughout history, Mary is no stranger to controversy. Join Father Broderick as he explores the subversive significance of the Mother of God.


TO MARY and ALL MOTHERS and TO ALL WOMEN

The Son of God became man for our salvation but only in Mary and through Mary.

Saint Louis Marie de Montfort


PRESENCE of GOD

On this day when we remember with gratitude the women who gave us life,

assured us and nurtured us,

we recall that our mothers represent our living,

loving and ever-present God.

How blest are we to have them and all the women who have made a significant difference in our lives.

All glory, honor, praise and thanks to You,

Creating Father, Redeeming Son, and Sanctifying Spirit.


THE VALIANT WOMAN

She is a VALIANT woman,

her roots are firmly planted.

The kingdom within; her heart, treasure-filled.

She is a JOYFUl woman for whom laughter is no stranger;

A song to sing, a smile to give, a hand to clasp or embrace.

She is a STRONG woman where heart and arm withstand the the pressures and worries that each day unfold

She is a PATIENT woman waiting through storm and night for new life, new growth, rich harvest.

She is a LOVING woman, ever giving and forgiving, ever caring and concerned.

She is a SHARING woman who with arms outstretched gives her gifts and treasures to those both near and far.

Proverbs 31


GOD’S WORD TO US TODAY

While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed." But He said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."

Luke 11: 27-28


THE SONG OF MARY

John Shelby Spong. “A New Christianity for A New World”

My soul sings in gratitude.                                                          

I am dancing in the mystery of God.

The light of the Holy One is within me

and I am blessed, so truly blessed.

This goes deeper than human thinking.

I am filled with awe at Love

whose only condition is to be received.

The gift is not for the proud,

for they have no room for it. 

The strong and self-sufficient ones

do not have this awareness.

But those who know their emptiness

can rejoice in Love’s fullness.

It’s the Love that we are made for,

the reason for our being.

It fills our inmost heart space

and brings to birth in us, the Holy One.


SHORT LITANY TO MARY

Response is: Empower us
Woman of mercy...
Woman of faith...
Woman of contemplation...
Woman of vision...
Woman of wisdom and understanding...
Woman of grace and truth...
Women, pregnant with hope...
Woman, centered in God...

We turn to you for protection, holy Mother of God.

Listen to our prayers for our mothers, living and deceased,

and help us in our needs. Save us from every danger,

glorious and blessed Virgin.

Amen.

Posted by Josh Colfer at 5:34 PM

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