Mary, Mother of the Church
Calendar Connection: Pentecost -- June 4
Prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our Faith
Mother, help our faith! Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize His voice and call. Awaken in us a desire to follow in His footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive His promise. Help us to be touched by His love, that we may touch Him in faith. Help us to entrust ourselves fully to Him and to believe in His love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature. Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One. Remind us that those who believe are never alone. Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that He may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ Himself, your Son, our Lord!
Activities: Visit St. Mary's Cathedral. + If you are not already involved, engage in a parish outreach activity. + Make a financial contribution in addition to your regular Sunday offering to your parish church. + Host an open house for your neighbors so they can get to know one another. + Do a kindness for someone in your neighborhood: take out their trash, invite them in for a cup of coffee or tea. + Extend welcome to a member of your family with whom you’re in disagreement. + Listen attentively to a complaining neighbor, relative or friend. + Think of those who contribute to peace in your community by serving the common good, such as a police officer, fireman, medical professional, librarian, government employee, or military service member—anyone who serves the public. Find a way to share your thanks with them—through a comment or a note or a gesture such as baking cookies. Resolve to do it and carry out that action today.