“The greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as a powerful helper to assist them.” — St. Louis Marie de Montfort
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.
What are the graces and gifts that Our Lady brings? He first and greatest gift is her Son. By her “yes” to God Our Lady made all salvation possible. Mary has gifted the world with Jesus. It is the greatest treasure we could ever possess. All acts of intercession and advocacy of Our Lady for us is ultimately about opening a pathway in our hearts for Jesus. Every divine gift and grace will come from friendship with our Lord. It is only those who are child-like in heart – like Our Lady – who can know how great is that gift.
Is there someone in your life who needs the gift of Jesus and of prayer from you? Not everyone will be ready to accept Christ of course but thy can always accept at least your prayer. Let them know about Christ or at least that you will pray for them. Now is a good time to join Our Lady as an intercessor for those in spiritual need.