“Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life. The gift of the Mother, the gift of every mother and every woman, is most precious for the Church, for she too is mother and woman.” – Pope Francis
Prayer for the Faithful at St. Francis Chapel
O Mother of Jesus, whose intercession strengthens the Church, conserve, increase and make fruitful this congregation at St. Francis Chapel. O Mary, you care for the brethren of your Son with a mother’s love; watch with maternal charity over all who rejoice today to be part of this family. Sustain our priests in their apostolate, protect travelers on their journeys, guide students who seek truth, heal the sick and afflicted, and be a bulwark for all the faithful who gather at this chapel in living out their vocations at home and in the marketplace. Blessed Mother, who have already reached the perfection of grace, mercifully pray for us that by the merits of your Son we shall increase in faith, hope and love till the consummation of heaven. Amen.
In The Letter from James 1:5 we read, “Any of you who lack wisdom must ask God who gives to all generously and without scolding.” Where Wisdom is present, right choices and meaningful, fulfilled life is assured. Wisdom Incarnate was in the womb of Mary for nine months. He rested in her arms and sat upon her lap and lived with her for thirty years. This afforded her the rare opportunity to acquire and provide the seat upon which Divine Wisdom sat. As her beloved children constantly in need of Wisdom, let us ask Mary to share with us the wisdom to say “Yes” to God always.
Read and reflect on Proverbs 1: 20-25