Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
(Dismissal, Roman Missal, Third Edition, This option was composed by Pope Benedict XVI)
Dear Lord, as I go about my daily round, allow me to rest in your peace, to be at peace with You and with the people you bring into my life. Let that peace be the foundation upon which I act. Let me go forth, confident in your love for me and let me be the real and tangible presence and action of that love to others.
Today, consider the dismissal as a little examen to be used throughout your day. Are you resting in the peace of Christ, or are you wresting control away from Him? Are you sharing your faith, the Gospel readily apparent in your life? Does God's glory shine through even the most mundane moments? How about the most frustrating ones?
We are commissioned to GO! At the end of every Mass, no matter which dismissal option is used, we are sent forth into the world to live as Christ wherever we are called. We each have a mission to live a life of Christian disciples. Further, we have a mission to make Christian disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:9). Or maybe just of all the people living under our own roofs for right now.
Motherhood can feel like the loneliest vocation in the world. Surrounded by children, who frequently bring us to our knees, both literally and figuratively, we can be overwhelmed by isolation. Mothers need community. We can be community for one another. We can encourage on another and hold each other accountable. If you like these short devotions, please share the image and send another woman here. And when you're here, please take a moment to pray with another mother who is visiting. Leave a comment and when you do, pray for the woman whose comment is just above yours. Just a moment--blessed--will begin to build community.
I like to pray when I run in the morning. Often, I listen to Divine Office and pray Morning Prayer or the Office of Readings. Then, I just take up a conversation with God. I'd love to pray for you! Please leave your prayer requests below and we can pray for each other, no matter how we spend our morning prayer time. Meet me back here tomorrow and I'll share the ponderings from my #morningrun.