Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Day 7: Encouraging Motherhood

"In pain you shall bring forth children..." (Genesis 3:16)
"a sword will pierce through your own soul also..." (Luke 2:35)
Like all God-given vocations,
        childbearing comes attendant with the holy and salutary cross.

The world sneers, "We know what causes this," and counsels avoidance.
        In point of fact, we have no idea why some, and not others (cur alii, alii non?)

We only know the call of Christ.
        "Take up your cross and follow Me." (Matthew 16:24)

When you encourage parents in the challenges of childbearing,
        you speak for Christ against the world.

Given the attitude of the world,
        yours may be the only encouragement they hear. 
Implore the Father:
To grant all women with child, and all mothers with infant children,
        increasing happiness in their blessings;
To defend all orphans and widows and provide for them.
To strengthen and keep all sick persons and young children; to free those in bondage; and
To have mercy on us all:
             We implore You to hear us, Good Lord. (The Litany, LSB 289)


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