In Mary we are given the model to imitate, for no matter what type of motherhood we are called to, we are all called to bring Christ into our own part of the world.
Today as we celebrate this Marian feast and give honor to the Mother of our Lord, let us pray for all mothers, physical and spiritual. Let us also pray for those women who are being called to motherhood but feel tempted to refuse that gift, may they look to Mary for strength and courage to fulfill God's plan for them.
Gate of heaven, star of the sea,
Assist your people
who have fallen yet strive to rise again,
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
yet remained a virgin after as before,
You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting,
have pity on us, poor sinners.
~Ancient Liturgy of the Hours Prayer