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I once heard my grandmother ask, “How do mothers go through life without praying each day?” Then she added, “It would be impossible.”
I come from a long line of praying mothers. My great-grandmother was famous for singing hymns while she scrubbed the laundry. My grandmother led her children in prayer before she had surgery. My mother left me little daily notes in the kitchen during my high school and early adulthood years, telling me she was praying for my latest exam, job interview, or challenge. The note would often include a quote by a saint, or a line of Scripture. The Family Rosary I pray with my husband and kids is not only one of my favorite times of day; it makes our family stronger.
The Catechism teaches that prayer is a means of obtaining God’s grace and it is necessary for salvation. “It is He,” the Catechism teaches eloquently, “who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him” (2561). And prayer is the “go-to” helper for any Catholic mom who knows how to keep her head above water AND enjoy the swim.
Just as our children turn to us for their every need, we may turn to God for the family’s needs, and He will provide. This reminder is a grace. I think the answer found in 1 Corinthians 3 sheds much light on this. St. Paul, speaking to men he called “infants in Christ,” wrote, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” As mothers, we are working hard in the fields, planting and watering but it is God alone who causes the growth. Whenever I recall that verse, I can feel a burden lifting from my shoulders.
To help offer a plethora of ways to lift that burden from our maternal shoulders, there is the new Ave Prayer Book for Catholic Mothers. This beautiful but easily portable book is is equally at home on your coffee table or in your workbag. It’s filled not only with a huge compendium of traditional prayers, but also the writings of real-life mothers discussing how they pray and how it affects their lives. It includes over seventy Catholic writers sharing their favorite prayers and #prayerstories. It offers serenity for busy new moms and a welcome gift of thanks for the seasoned mothers in our lives. There are reflections to see old prayers in a new way and new prayers to help you express just what you are feeling… today. There are a wealth of prayers for every possible need and each touchstone on the journey of a mother.
Contributions in the book include prayers and stories about praying them ranging from the Angelus to the Anima Christi, from the Psalms to the Rosary. There are younger moms and older moms represented in the book; as well as spiritual mothers and adoptive mothers. My writings in the book cover the many stages of motherhood: from praying while in labor, to consecrating our children, even praying now for our children’s lifelong faith in God. Here’s a trailer for the book:
I asked the editor of the Ave Prayer Book for Mothers, Heidi Hess Saxton her opinion of why moms need to pray every day and what made her want to lead this project and get this book in the hands of as many mothers as possible. This was her answer:
I grew up in a Christian household and was taught to believe God answered prayers, who is always ready to meet an urgent need or work a small miracle in a dire situation. And to be honest, I’ve had more than my fair share of small miracles.
It wasn’t until I became Catholic in my early thirties that I realized God doesn’t always ‘grease the wheels’ for us. Great mercy can come out of great suffering, and there is a dark side to expecting God to provide not only my daily bread, but the margaritas and cake as well. In reality, it is when we are at our weakest and neediest that we can best hear the beat of the Sacred Heart. That has been the experience of every great saint … and that became my experience when I became a foster mother at the age of thirty-eight to three little kids under the age of five. I prayed in the shower, in the rocker, anyplace I could catch my breath because I KNEW I didn’t have strength to do this on my own. And that is why I wanted to do this book – to help ALL mothers, to keep them company when they are struggling to find the light.
The Ave Prayer Book for Catholic Mothers helps remind us in wonderful, life-affecting ways that it is “God who causes the growth.”
For a limited pre-order window (until October 15), Ave Maria Press is allowing me to share a discount and free shipping on this book. At checkout, enter the promo code “MOSELEY” and that will give you the discounted pre-order price, plus free shipping.
May each mother who reads it be greatly blessed!