“In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favour, you shall reach the goal.”
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church
On Mothering Sunday…
- we give thanks for Mary, our Mother, Virgin & Queen – and ask her to pray for us and for our families;
- we pray for our Mother, the Church – that she will be holy and draw many to Jesus;
- we pray for our mothers, living or departed – and give thanks for their generosity in bringing us to life;
- we pray for all pregnant women – that the Lord will bless them and the children that they carry.