God our loving Father, today we pray with St. Monica the mother of St. Augustine for all mothers, those still alive and those whom you have called to join you in heaven. Thank you very much for the gift of mother whom we have always taken for granted! They must truly be your most special creation of all. Mothers came later because you have to bless them with so much to be able to conceive us, carry us, deliver us, nurture us and always care for us. Thank you very much God for the mothers who bear with us even if everyone, including our own father and siblings have given up on us.
Please bless mothers who are sick, those who suffer in pain and anguish alone and in silence. Heal them in their body, heart, mind and soul. Be their strength in their weakness and their company in their loneliness. Enlighten their minds and their hearts especially those mothers who have to work for a living. We pray in a special manner for the single-mothers, by choice or by circumstances.
Through St. Monica, we pray for mothers with problematic husband and children to always have faith in you, to never lose hope their loved ones would still be converted. Give them the grace like St. Monica to “forget the past and push on to the future” (from today’s Office of Readings), that like the Thessalonians, all mothers may keep longing for what is good (1:11).
Likewise, we pray for the mothers who have died. Grant them eternal rest especially those who have persevered while here on earth to lead their children and others closer to you. The mothers who have been true and not hypocrite like those condemned today by Jesus in the gospel, so concerned only with what is external and not important. Reward them with eternal peace and joy through Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria,Bulacan 3022 (Photo from Google: St. Monica with her son, St. Augustine.)