Inspiration

Novena to Mary, Queen of All Hearts

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Mary, Queen of All Hearts,
Advocate of the most hopeless cases;
Mother most pure, most compassionate;
Mother of Divine Love,
full of divine light,

we confide to your care the favors
which we ask of you today.
Consider our misery,
our tears, our interior trials and sufferings!
We know that you can help us
through the merits of your Divine Son, Jesus.
We promise, if our prayers are heard,
to spread your glory,
by making you known
under the title of Mary, Queen of the Universe.
Grant, we beseech you, hear our prayers,
for every day you give us so many proofs
of your love and your power of intercession
to heal both body and soul.
We hope against all hope:
Ask Jesus to cure us, pardon us,
and grant us final perseverance.
O Mary, Queen of all Hearts,
help us, we have confidence in you.

—Catholic Liturgy

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration, Uncategorized

Comfort for My Mother

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Loving Lord and Father of all comfort,
I come to You in the name of Jesus
to lay my mother at your feet,
knowing that she has been so unwell
for such a long time. I ask, Lord, that
You heal her of whatever it is that is troubling her.
Free her, I pray, from the pain and confusion
she is going through and restore her to full health
and strength, for You are the God Who heals and cares.
Thank You that You love and care and comfort all
Your children, and I ask that You give my
dear mother the peace in heart that only You can give.
May she know that underneath are Your everlasting
arms of comfort and that You have promised
never to leave her or forsake her.
Help my dear mother speedily I pray,
and we will give you all the
praise and glory due to Your name. Amen.
—Mission United

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Asking the Blessing of the Triple Goddess

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I am bowing my head
In the eye of the Mother who gave me birth,
In the eye of the Maiden who loves me,
In the eye of the Crone who guides me in wisdom,
In friendship and affection.
Through thy gift of nature, O Goddess,
Bestow upon us fullness in our need.
Love towards the Lady,
The affection of the Lady,
The laughter of the Lady,
The wisdom of the Lady,
The passion of the Lady,
The blessing of the Lady,
And the magic of the Lady
To do in the world of Abred
As the Ageless Ones do in Gwynfyd;
Each shade and light,
Each day and night,
Each moment in kindness,

Grant us Thy Sight.

—Ancient Celtic Song

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Working Mothers Are Our Heroes

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My Loving Creator, You know how really tired I am.
On days when things are really frantic,
I consider how you made the world in seven days—and then I try
to remember that you aren’t asking me to recreate that feat.
Please help me to remain a loving mother to my children
and to keep some balance in my life.
Help me to remember that you are with me
in every packed hour of every day.
As I am finishing a work project or planning dinner
or buying the kids shoes
(sometimes all at the same time), help me to remember
your loving care for me and let me sometimes stop for a moment
and just wallow in that. Most of all, my caring Father,
let me remember to ask for help and to rely on you for strength
when I have none left; for patience when mine is so often gone;
and for the wisdom and endless well of compassion

and love I need in my job as mother.

—Unity Church San Francisco

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Mother and Child in Your Safe Arms

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Father God, who placed the stars in the sky,
Who created seas of blue and causes each flower to bloom,
I know you love me and have watched this new little life I carry.
Come lay your gentle hand upon us as we draw near to the birth.
Fill our hearts with excitement;
Cover our lives with hope.
Guide us through labor
Into a new season.
I give you both my joys and fears

And choose to put my trust in you.
I trust in you to shelter us both,
Mother and child, within your safe arms.
Amen.

—Mothers Prayer Circle of Agape

 

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

 

Inspiration

A Mother’s Poem

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Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of having a new life within,
Thank you, Lord, for Your son, who came to forgive our sins.
Bless this child I have inside,
And give me Your will as my guide.
Give me Your wisdom for this child I will raise,
That he or she will give You honor and praise.
No matter what road this child may take,
Let he or she love You, never to forsake.
To you, Lord, our glory and praises we sing,
For you, Lord, are the Savior of all things.
Amen.

—Anonymous

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Maiden Mother Crone

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Hold thy shield over us, protect us all.

Danu beloved! Mother of the Shining Ones,
Shield, oh shield us, Lady of nobleness,
And Brigit the beauteous, shepherdess of the flocks,
Safeguard thou our animals, encircle us together,
Safeguard thou our animals, encircle us together.
And Ellen, beneficent, benign,
Governess of the trackways of power,
Invoke the star of power upon the path,
Guide thou well ourselves, shield our procession,
Guide thou well ourselves, shield our procession.
O Mother! O Maiden! O Crone of Wisdom!
Be the Triad with us day and night,
On the machair plain or on the mountain ridge,
Be the Triad with us and her cloak around us,

Be the Triad with us and her cloak around us.

—Ancient Celtic Oral Tradition

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Uncategorized

Reverence for All Life

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From childhood, I felt a compassion for animals. Even before I started
school, I found it impossible to understand why, in my evening prayers,
I should pray only for human beings. Consequently, after my mother
had prayed with me and had given me a good-night kiss, I secretly
recited another prayer, one I had composed myself. It went like this:

Dear God, protect and bless all living beings.
Keep them from evil and let them sleep in peace.

Dr. Albert Schweitzer, 1964

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.