Mother’s Day: Prayers and Concerns

Mother's DayMothers are the strongest antidote to our individualistic and egotistic tendencies, to our lack of openness and our indifference. A society without mothers would not only be a cold society, but a society that has lost its heart, lost the “feel of home.” … I have learned much from those mothers whose children are in prison, or lying in hospital beds, or in bondage to drugs, yet, come cold or heat, rain or draught, never stop fighting for what is best for them. Or those mothers who in refugee camps, or even the midst of war, unfailingly embrace and support their children’s sufferings. … Where there is a mother, there is unity, there is belonging, belonging as children.” Pope Francis, January 1, 2017

Prayer for Mothers [by Education for Justice]

  • In Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe . . . We give thanks for mothers everywhere.
  • When times are hard, in situations of suffering . . . We give thanks for the sacrifices they make each day for their children.
  • For their examples of love, caring, and hope . . . We give thanks for their generosity, their compassion and their hope for the future.
  • In the Congo, Iraq, Uganda, Palestine, Libya, Colombia . . . We remember mothers in our global community who care for their children as guns of war are heard.
  • In Zimbabwe, India, Guyana, Belize, Botswana . . . We remember mothers as sicknesses such as AIDS and malaria ravage their lands.
  • In Haiti, Burundi, Eritrea, Cambodia, Guatemala . . .We remember mothers whose access to food and water is scarce.
  • In Sudan, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Afghanistan . . . We remember mothers who bundled up their children, fled their homes, and became refugees.

Mary, Mother of God, embrace all mothers, give them strength and courage and mother their spirits so they can continue to heal the wounds of their children and of the world. We give thanks for mothers everywhere. Amen.


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Mother’s Day

In the United States, Julia Ward Howe suggested the idea of Mother’s Day in 1872. Howe, who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, saw Mother’s Day as a day dedicated to peace after having lived through the horrors of the United States’ Civil War. She saw it as a world-wide protest of women against the cruelties of war. See more here.

Women Thrive

The Women Thrive Alliance is a global network of 230 member organizations located in over 50 countries. These organizations are led by local change-makers who believe that women and girls should live free from violence, enjoy quality education, and achieve economic empowerment. They believe that by challenging the status quo, they can achieve greater equality for all. See more here.

All Girls Count

Right now, 130 million girls around the world are being denied an education — and, because of that, the chance to reach their full potential. Speak up to the G20 nations about this issue and that all Girls Count.

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