I birth you into a world of imperfections:
Yet still it is a world of God's grace,
In all things, be a child of God, in the footsteps of God.
Womb of my womb,
inner beauty and outer presence.
Daughter of daughters,
peace and justice.
Newest of women,
so beautiful and so powerful?
Young Mary of mine,
in every growth and each rest...
I wrote a prayer for each of my children when they were born. This prayer -- written in the voice of St. Anne, mother of Mary the mother of Jesus -- was written for my daughter, who has a birthday today.