Continuous Prayer for Marriage and Family Life

Saturday 9th March 2019

Proposed Theme: All Mothers

The joy of love: (Pope Francis)

A mother joins with God to bring forth the miracle of a new life. Motherhood is the fruit of a “particular creative potential of the female body, directed to the conception and birth of a new human being”. (168)

Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centred individualism. It is they who testify to the beauty of life. Dear mothers, thank you. Thank you for what you are in your family and for what you give to the Church and the world. (174)

A mother who watches over her child with tenderness and compassion helps her or him to grow in confidence and to experience that the world is a good and welcoming place. (175)

Some Thoughts:

* Sunday March 31st is Mother’s Day, or as it is traditionally called, Mothering Sunday.

* It is largely a commercial occasion when prices go up, and hype is increased, but it can also be a real family occasion when a mother’s role in our lives and our families is celebrated and appreciated.

* Motherhood is spoken of throughout the Bible as a high and important calling. Children are viewed as a blessing. Motherhood is viewed as a blessing—one that is at God’s

prerogative to grant, and one that brings with it high responsibility. It is intended to bring happiness.

* Motherhood is indeed a very high calling. What relationship can ever replace the love of a mother, a grandmother, God Mother or special mother figure? It is essential for women to realize that the love, guidance and influence they provide to our children and community is distinct and invaluable.

* The whole idea of being a mother, like so many other things, has changed radically over the past number of years. The place of women generally in society has also changed and often for the best. This can however, have an effect on what it means to have a child or children.

* The ease with which people talk about abortion today has a profound effect on how pregnancy is viewed in some sections of our society. This, in turn, can colour our appreciation of the wonder of new life and of motherhood in general.

* We are no longer content to idealise anything, even motherhood and this can give way to people seeing motherhood as a burden without the joy of love.

* And we are aware of the fact that mothers, like everyone else, are less than perfect. This however should not blind us to the fact that they hold a very special place in human life.

This month we may want to thank God for the great gift of Motherhood and pray for all mothers that they may appreciate the blessing they have been given and that they may receive the support of their families and our community in their role as mother and parent. May our Church community value the great contribution mothers and mother figures make in our families and in our world. May we support all mothers who face a crisis pregnancy so that we may ease their burden and so

that in time they may come to realise the great gift they have been given. May Mary the mother of our God and our heavenly mother intercede for all mothers especially those who struggle though their pregnancy and in their role as mother’s.

On the 9th day of each month, our parish of Dungannon prays for Marriage & Family Life. This is part of a Movement of Continuous Prayer for Marriage & Family Life, as other parishes and groups take on the prayer for the other days of the month.

To make this prayer continuous, many people in our parish have committed themselves to a specific hour of prayer in such a way so that as much of the whole day and night as possible are covered.

Everyone is invited to join in this prayer, either by taking on an hour, or by including this intention in their own prayer during that day.

If you would like to undertake an hour each month please contact the Parish Office (Tel 028 8772 6893) where a special Prayer Booklet is available to assist you with your Prayer. The hour that you choose is at your discretion and you can make this Prayer wherever you find it most suitable.

“The future of humanity passes by way of the family.” (Saint John Paul II)