...from the heart of a mom of many.
Lord, help me stop expecting that being a mother of many will be easy or come naturally. Help me remember instead that I can do nothing in my own strength, that raising a large family is a particular cross that requires particular graces. Help me to seek those graces often in prayer.
Preserve me from any smug feeling of blessedness because of my openness to life, or bitterness because of the burden it brings. Help me to remember that these beautiful children you gave me are yours before they are mine, that one day they must return to you and it is my job to make them ready for that day, whenever it comes. Fill my soul with the wisdom and gratitude of a good steward and faithful servant.
I give you all I do or say today that is worth anything; all my joys and sufferings and frustrations; my children and my husband; all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Holy Mary, mother of the whole Church, pray for us.