Lord God, we thank you, the Source of Life, for all those who have welcomed and nurtured our lives.
In particular, we thank you for our mothers, who with trust in you and self-sacrifice beyond description, have made it possible for us to live and praise you today.
Give them the reward of their labors.
Today, Lord, we also pray for mothers who are afraid of being mothers.
We pray especially for those carrying a child within them, but afraid to bring that child to birth.
Look with favor on these, your daughters, and give them trust and strength.
Enable them to give themselves to their children, as you give yourself to us, and to experience the joys of motherhood.
Enable us to do our part to encourage them and provide for their needs.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Fr. Frank Pavone