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pray in the life of a month, another look

He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands. — St. Benedict of Nursia

Never have I heard a better description of motherhood; the daily in the trenches (laundry room, school room) mothering.  Up before light, after being up a lot of the night, carrying straight though till well past dark.  Cooking, dishes, laundry, school work (or homework), shopping, social commitments, clean bathrooms; that a mother labors is never a question.

Mothers don’t sit and contemplate the wonders of world; note I didn’t say mothers don’t contemplate the wonders of world.  I honestly think as mothers we are more attuned to the magic of life and all God’s tiny miracles.  Watching a toddler try a toy and try it, and seeing the joy when it finally works.  Sitting with a school age child chewing over math word problems and seeing each one go better than the last.  Watching the sunrise while cooking breakfast; and relishing the joy at a baby’s first word.  Everything a mom does is wrapping in the glory of God.


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Sunday at mass I happened to be reading The Catholic Devotional in the pew.  I found a pray that made my heart sing, well it stung some too, but mostly my heart sang.  I’ve done a little research, and am still attempting to find the original author of this pray, I do not see the reason it is slated as a ‘pray for after HOLY COMMUNION’.  To me it seems much more fitting as a ‘how to start your day pray’.  I think I am going to start using this as my morning offering; and as the boys age I am considering teaching it to them too – but they are still trying to grasp the Our Father.  Nevertheless I found it in no less that three places (such as http://www.prayerbook.com/Prayers/Communion/communion.htm) catorgizied as a pray after HOLY COMMUNION. 

Again, I am not the author of this fantastic pray, and I am seeking the correct person to credit.

Dear Lord,

help me to remove from my mind every thought

or opinion which You would not sanction,

every feeling form my heart which You would not approve.

Grant that I may spend the hours of the day

gladly working with You according to Your will.

Help me just for today and be with me in it.

In the long hours of work,

that I may not grow weary or slack in serving You.

In conversations,

that they may not be to me occasions of uncharitableness.

In the day’s worries and disappointments,

that I may be patient with myself and with those around me.

In moments of fatigue and illness,

that I may be mindful of others rather than of myself.

In temptations, that I may be generous and loyal,

so that when the day is over I may lay it at Your feet,

with its successes which are all Yours,

and its failures which are all my own,

and feel that life is real and peaceful

and blessed when spent with You as the Guest of my soul.

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