“Mary is a woman who loves. How could it be otherwise? As a believer who in faith thinks with God’s thoughts and wills with God’s will, she cannot fail to be a woman who loves.” – Pope Benedict XVI
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.
Ven Bruno Lanteri shows that Our Lady is the culmination of creation:
“Suffice it to say that superior to Mary there is none other than God and inferior to Mary there is all that is not God. Suffice it to say that God could certainly create a greater, more excellent world than this, but could not create a creature greater than the Mother of God, as the Holy Fathers themselves expressed.“
Pray the Hail, Holy Queen for those who as yet, do not recognize the importance of Our Lady.