Soon afterward he went to a city called Na’in, and his
disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the
city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his
mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And
when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said,
“Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up, and began to speak.
And he gave him to his mother.
Holy Mother of God,
hear the prayers of the Church
especially those wearied by life
and overcome by the
they bear for their children.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
intercede for them
from your place in
that the mercy of your divine Son
might lighten their
and give them strength.
Glory to the Father….
“As we contemplate this Mother, whose heart �a sword has pierced’ (cf. Lk
2:35), our thoughts go to all the suffering women in the world, suffering either
physically or morally. In this suffering a woman’s sensitivity plays a role,
even though she often succeeds in resisting suffering better than a man. It is
difficult to enumerate these sufferings; it is difficult to call them all by
name. We may recall her maternal care for her children, especially when they
fall sick or fall into bad ways; the death of those most dear to her; the
loneliness of mothers forgotten by their grown-up children; the loneliness of
widows; the sufferings of women who struggle alone to make a living; and women
who have been wronged or exploited. Then there are the sufferings of consciences
as a result of sin, which has wounded the woman’s human or maternal dignity: the
wounds of consciences which do not heal easily. With these sufferings too we
must place ourselves at the foot of the Cross.” — Pope John Paul II (Mulieris
Labor Day – Pray for the Suffering Women of the
Labor day usually brings to mind images of factory workers, farmers
or heavy equipment operators. Yet we also use labor to describe the first work
which brought each one of us to birth: those first hours of maternal sacrifice
which brought us into the world. It’s too easy to forget that and all the other
sacrifices which the vocation of motherhood entails. Pray for the mothers “in
labor” today. Those who give birth. Those who work two jobs to support a child.
Those who “go without” so their child’s needs are met. Those whose patient
endurance is a sign of God’s love upon the cross.