Each year on Mother's Day, my heart goes out to those who struggle with this holiday. Inspired by this column on "How to Widen Our Hearts On Mother's Day," I've gathered prayers from readers into a litany to be prayed at church or at home - to remember all the mothers. Feel free to adapt for use within your parish or congregation. Please simply credit the source: Copyright © 2019 Laura Kelly Fanucci, MotheringSpirit.com. Response: Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. For women who long to be mothers.For all who desire to be married and raise a family.For all who are experiencing infertility. For all who are waiting to adopt or foster a child. For mothers who have lost a baby.For all who have suffered a miscarriage.For all who lost a child to stillbirth or SIDS. For all whose baby died after birth. For mothers whose children have died.For all whose children died in infancy, childhood, or adolescence.For all who mourn their young adult or adult children.For all whose … [Read more...] about a prayer for mother’s day
This post contains affiliate links. May means Mother’s Day. I’ve written before about the complicated nature of this holiday (and the need to remember all kinds of mothers on Mother’s Day). But it remains a beautiful time to celebrate the women who have mothered us—and the mothers that many of us are becoming. In honor of this month’s celebration, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite reads on motherhood. (Check out the Mothering Spirit Facebook page for a great list of readers’ selections, too!) What would you add to the list? Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry by Katrina Kenison Part memoir, part meditation, Katrina’s book might be my favorite on motherhood. Her writing offers such spaciousness and peace that you savor each sentence like a deep breath. I’ve returned to this book many times (clearly the subtitle continues to speak to my life!). Katrina offers stories from ordinary days at home, but weaves in wise perspectives and gentle suggestions that feel … [Read more...] about 5 favorite books on motherhood
You are the hoping-to-be mother. You are dreaming of a baby, maybe for years. Every month you wait and hope. You daydream about nurseries and names. You envy other women's round bellies and glowing smiles. You chart days on the calendar and read up on ways to increase your odds. You promise yourself you will never take a single day for granted once it happens for you. I have been this mother, too. Part of my heart will always be here. . . . You are the expectant mother. You marvel at how your body is changing (and how hard pregnancy can be). You pour through books about what to expect. You wonder at the kicks and flips that keep you up at night. You count down to hear your baby's heartbeat and see their sweet profile on the ultrasound screen. You wash tiny onesies and snap belly shots and write a birth plan. You try to imagine how your world will be transformed in a few short months. I have been this mother, too. Part of my heart will always be here. . . . You are … [Read more...] about for all the mothers
We are dreaming big. In the weeks since our twins Abby and Maggie died, my husband Franco and I have been trying to listen to what God is calling us to next. We realize this will be a long journey of discernment and will likely bring unexpected changes to our family and our lives. But we have already been transformed by the experience of loving and losing our daughters. So we trust that we will be prepared for whatever comes next, whenever the time comes. Today we want to start by asking you to help us make a difference in Maggie and Abby's honor. We want their legacy of love to live on in powerful, practical ways. So when we started dreaming about how we could start something right now, I immediately thought of my friend Colleen. Colleen, her husband Greg, and their five sons run the St. Francis Emmaus Center for pregnant women and new mothers in Costa Rica. The center provides a safe, comfortable place for indigenous Cabecar mothers (who must journey long hours on foot … [Read more...] about maggie and abby: how you can help!