It’s no secret—raising kids isn’t for the faint of heart! Whether you have babies, toddlers, school-aged kids, teenagers, or adult children, there is always something to be worried about.
My mom always told me that a worry is a prayer in reverse. And St. Padre Pio tells us to pray, hope, and don’t worry.
But worrying seems to happen for us moms automatically—before we’re even aware of it most times. So how do we turn our worries into prayers?
I firmly believe that we can’t do it alone, and that’s why I turn to our Blessed Mother, the mother of our Lord, for intercession! I won’t pretend that I don’t worry anymore because I definitely do. But with practice, I’ve started training myself to recognize my “worry thoughts” and immediately pray to Our Lady for intercession.
This can be as simple as a quick Hail Mary or a personal conversation with Mary (I find myself muttering “Mary, please help me not lose my mind!” many more times than I care to admit during these chaotic days with three kids under five). But one of my favorite parts of our Catholic faith is the treasure trove of beautiful prayers we can pray with.
Here is a list of my favorite Marian prayers for moms. I hope they can bring you peace and comfort during your day!
1. The Hail Mary
As I mentioned above, this is a quick and easy one to pray anytime. I especially make a point to say a Hail Mary whenever we hear an ambulance go by. It’s something my mom taught me, and I’m enjoying being able to do this with my own kids as well. I also offer a Hail Mary immediately after any time I tell someone I will keep them in my prayers. Whether after a personal conversation with someone or after commenting on a prayer request post online, I try to stop before doing something else and pray a Hail Mary.
2. The Memorare
This prayer is so beautiful and is also easy to recite. It’s not as widely memorized as the Hail Mary (at least it wasn’t one of our “required learning” prayers in my 13years of Catholic school), but it’s fairly easy to commit to memory and pray. It’s also featured in St. Teresa of Calcutta’s (aka Mother Teresa) emergency novena.
3. The Miraculous Medal Prayer
“O, Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee.” When our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Catherine Labouré, she gave the words to this prayer in a vision along with instructions to make the Miraculous Medal. If you’re not familiar with this fascinating origin story, take a minute to read about it here. I’ve always loved hearing about how the Miraculous Medal was created!
4. The Rosary
I used to shy away from praying the rosary because I would be constantly interrupted if I tried praying it during the day or fall asleep during the first decade if I waited until nighttime to pray it. For Lent this year, I committed to praying a daily rosary and had to get creative to get it in each day. I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s ok if I get interrupted, and it’s even ok to pray the rosary while doing household things like the dishes, laundry, or even driving. Now, I imagine it as Mary being at my house, keeping me company while I do all of that. It’s such a comfort not to feel so alone during the mundane parts of my day. And I manage to get a rosary in more often than not, so it’s definitely a win-win!
5. Mary Undoer of Knots Novena
Alright, this one isn’t a specific prayer but rather a novena. I had to include it here, though, because mom life is messy and full of knots, and the Mary Undoer of Knots novena is a powerful one to have in your back pocket during a time of need, whether it’s for a situation in your marriage, for your kids, or any other struggle you may be facing that feels impossible to overcome. Bring it to Our Lady to place at the foot of the cross!
There are many other Marian prayers and devotions, but these are a few of my favorites to pray. I would love to hear your favorites- please leave a comment below!