Every mother, even the most loving and dedicated to her children, goes
through dark times, in which she feels the weight of her condition. She
lives in a state perhaps ashamed and overwhelmed by thoughts she would not
like to have.
It happens – sometimes – that one is not able to appreciate life as a
Maybe there was a strong desire to have children to take care of: how many
times we imagined playing with them, teaching them the difference between
right and wrong, to explain why it’s good to say thank you and ask for
forgiveness… to conquer their fears and overcome their failures, and then
encourage them to continue on their journey?
But since the dream has come true, however, there has probably been no
shortage of days in which we felt could no longer be spent with the family.
Discouragement, fatigue, external distractions often dry us up and prevent
us from appreciating the great gift that has been given to us.
Who, then, more than a God who is love, and who lives with us all our
sufferings and hardships, can help us again find enthusiasm, strength, and
joy of giving life?
He can change our eyes when we can no longer look at the family with love.
He can give us the strength to start this difficult path again after every
He revives us whenever the love for life dies out, that love which, as a
wife and mother, we have accepted to travel.
I would then like to share with all the moms a letter written to God, a
prayer of petition and thanksgiving, written to help me regain the joy of
serving my children, when I am tired and I would just like to flee from my
You see me, and you know me.
You know my strengths and weaknesses in character.
You know my temptations.
You know what impedes me from being a good mother.
You know my worries and my fears.
I ask to you, who are infinite love, to help me to love my children with
all of my being.
When I see them as a weight, help me to see them as precious gifts.
When I am bored with them, help me to find new ways to spend quality time
When I am losing my patience, give me the calm necessary to do what is
When I don’t know how to appreciate their goals, their smiles, their
sweetness, give me the light to look at them the way you look at them.
If I miss freedom, show me that they are worth the sacrifice.
If I feel alone, remind me that it is an honor to spend time together with
If I am tempted to believe that there are other priorities in respect to
that of being a mom, show me the great privilege and enormous
responsibility that I have to watch over human lives.
If tiredness prevails, give me strength.
If the want to escape overcomes me, give me the joy to remain.
If I should want to scream, give me inner peace.
If I can’t wait for time to pass and that they’ve grown, give me the
ability to appreciate every moment.
If I feel unable and not used to being a mom, make me the best mother that
I can be for my children.
If I spend more time complaining that giving thanks, change me.
If I am overwhelmed and I no longer commit myself to rejoice for the lives
of my children, give me a new joy, which can flourish in my face and in my
gestures even when I am demotivated.
If anguish and sadness dwell in my heart, give me the ability to offer you
those states of mind so that you can change them into hope and serenity.
If my children require more energy than I am able to give, be the strength
If my personal limits prevent me from doing my duties as a good mother,
fill the void I leave in them with my failings.
If I cannot motivate, stimulate, or educate my children, as they deserve,
If I cannot appreciate the gift of my family, open my heart to fill it with
If I do not know how to always be a teammate of my husband, remind me that
in marriage we have become allies.
If the support between us dies and our gestures become mechanical, help us
to rediscover our vocation as father and mother.
If we cannot face difficulties as a couple, renew in us the strength of the
sacrament of marriage that has made us become one.
And then I tell you, thank you, Lord: because with motherhood you made me
participate in creation.
Thank you because you trusted me and put precious human lives in my hands.
Thank you for giving me the ability to see my mistakes and start all over
Thank you for my family and for your presence among us.