Join students and members of CJ’s Right to Life group in saying a special prayer this Mother’s Day for the women who welcomed us into the world.
The Lifeguards, a pro-life student organization, spent the school week leading up to Sunday, May 12 preparing appreciations and sharing reflections with their classmates. According to Lifeguards moderator Karen Emmerich, religion teacher, the focus of the group’s effort was to show gratitude for moms and the gifts they give, especially the most important gift of all -- life.
As part of the celebration, the Lifeguards supplied materials to students interested in making Mother’s Day cards during lunch periods Thursday afternoon. Members also made and sold tissue paper flowers as gifts, and donated the proceeds to Elizabeth’s New Life Center.
Reminders of a mother’s love were also present on the locker signs the Lifeguards posted and in the special prayers read before school during morning announcements.
“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers,” reads one locker sign quoting famous children's author Rudyard Kipling. Signs included quotes, Bible verses and statistics about motherhood.
This Mother’s Day, the Lifeguards invite you to share one of the daily prayers from the week with someone you love. Read each below, or download the full page of prayers.
A blessing and prayer tribute to all mothers
Blessed be all mothers
Who have come into our lives
Whose kindness, care and loving
Remain with us to guide.
Your inspiration in us
Made us strive in every way
Especially to remember
Helping others makes our day.
Mothers, this little tribute
Flows directly from my heart
You are so loved and cherished
Invaluable, one and all, you are.
Gratitude for my Mother
Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me.
Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.
Most of all, Lord, give my mother the graces she most needs and desires today. I ask you this, in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior forever and ever.
A Mothers' Day Prayer
I thank you, Creator of us all, for my mother.
I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all those years. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught me that it was okay to cry and that I should always tell the truth.
Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in your eyes today and to know that I love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion and peace.
Bless her this day with your love.
"Lord, thank you for blessing me with my mom. I know sometimes I am not the perfect child. I know I challenge her a lot with my views and actions, but I also know that You have given me to her so she can love me.
I pray, Lord, that you continue to bless her with patience for me as I grow up and become more independent. I ask You to give her a sense of peace about my choices and to allow us to talk about the things that sometimes come between us.
I also ask, Lord, for you to comfort her and give her happiness in the areas of her life where she needs You most. I pray that You continue to bless her relationships and ask for her to have joy and success in the things she wants to do and achieve.
Lord, I also ask for You to bless me with wisdom, love, and understanding for my mom. I pray that You give me a heart that continues to love my mother and open up my mind to what she wants for me. Let me not take for granted the sacrifices she has made for me. I ask for You to bless me with patience in times when I do not understand, and the openness to show my love for her.
Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with my mother. I pray for continued blessings on my family and all the things we do for one another. In Your name, Amen."
A Prayer for Mothers
Good and Gentle God, we pray in gratitude for our mothers and for all the women of history who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing forth new life. You who became human through a woman, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings.
Give them the strength to live and to be loved in return, not perfectly, but humanly. Give them the faithful support of family and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children. Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of motherhood. Most of all, give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.