Happy Mother’s Day

May you be a VALIANT woman; standing firm in your spiritual heritage. The kingdom is within you; your heart is treasure-filled.

May you be a JOYFUL woman for whom laughter is no stranger: with a song to sing, a smile to give, a hand to support.

May you be a JOYFUL woman for whom laughter is no stranger: with a song to sing, a smile to give, a hand to support.

May you be a STRONG woman whose heart and arms withstand the pressures and the worries that each day unfolds.

May you be a STRONG woman whose heart and arms withstand the pressures and the worries that each day unfolds.

May you be a PATIENT woman able to wait through storm and night for new life, new growth, rich harvest.

May you be a LOVING woman giving and forgiving, caring and connected.

May you be a SHARING woman with arms outstretched to empower others through your giftedness.

Inspired by a reworking of Proverbs 31

For Mothers to Pray

Consoling God, be a source of peace for me
when personal and family struggles and difficulties threaten to overwhelm me.
God of Goodness, hold me close to your heart
fill me with joy and delight in the role of mother.
God of Peace, be the centre of my life,
in the whirlwind of my life bless me and those I love with your strength and hope.

A Blessing Prayer for our Mothers

May you be loving-kindness to those who call you ‘mother’.
May you delight in nurturing and relish the gift of children.
May your heart be open to friends and strangers in need of mothering and mentoring.
May you grow in wisdom as you experience the struggles and rewards of life.
May you go to sleep each evening aware of the protection and warmth of God’s embrace.
Original Prayers written by Andrea Dean

Available from https://women.catholic.org.au as part of Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.