It was 1881, and a group of mothersÂ living in the tiny village of Lu in northern Italy gathered every Tuesday for AdorationÂ of the Blessed Sacrament. Their collective prayer intentionÂ was for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religiousÂ lifeÂ from their families. This group of moms also received Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month, again specifically praying for an increase in religious vocations.Â Fast forward several years, and from that tiny village came 323 vocations: 152 priests and 171 nuns. (Read more about this story on pages 18-19 fromÂ the booklet Adoration, Reparation, Spiritual Motherhood for Priests).
Never doubt the power of a sincere prayer, huh?Â The story of howÂ these mothers banded together in simple yet constant prayer has motivated someÂ moms here in Des Moines to do likewise. We don’tÂ collectively gather once a week for Adoration, but we do daily gather together in spirit and vow to pray for one another and the vocation of motherhood.
Read more about it right over at CatholicMom.com here.
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