May: Pray for Life during the ‘Walking with Moms in Need’ Year of Service
As part of the ‘Walking with Moms in Need’ Year of Service, there are monthly Pray for Life prayer intentions and reflections focusing on the needs of pregnant and parenting moms of young children in our parishes and our neighborhoods. You can find the latest month’s set of intentions and reflections here on the USCCB website. May’s Pray for Life can also found below.
May 2020 Pray for Life
May our Blessed Mother draw women facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies close to her heart.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
In the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are given the model of motherhood. When the angel Gabriel appeared to her, Mary accepted the invitation to be the mother of Jesus, who is “the way and the truth and the life” (Jn. 14:6) Her unexpected pregnancy presented many challenges. Yet while the path laid before her was not easy, Mary chose to give of herself in sacrificial love.
Mothers with unexpected or challenging pregnancies can likely relate to the experience of our Blessed Mother, as they, too, often face difficulties in answering God’s call to welcome new life. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, even more challenges arise.
Especially during this and all times of difficulty and anxiety, we pray that Our Lady will draw pregnant mothers close to her heart and, through her intercession, bring comfort, encouragement, and joyful hope. In bravely living out their vocation, mothers reflect the sacrificial love of Christ on a daily basis. With the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Life as our guide, may we work to support all mothers, especially those who are most in need.
Acts of Reparation (choose one)
- Pray the “Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Life” for all expectant mothers facing difficulties or challenges.
- Fast from television or social media for the day. Instead, spend time reflecting on how God is asking you to support pregnant women in difficult circumstances.
- Offer some other sacrifice or prayer that you feel called to do for this month’s intention.
One Step Further
Read Pope Francis’ reflections on our Blessed Mother and the gift of mother hood in “Our Mother the Church and the Gift of Motherhood”.
Did you know?
There are live feeds of holy places such as the Holy Grotto at Lourdes. Consider doing this month’s prayers while accessing one of these virtually.