Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Innocence by Bouguereau 1893

Prayer to Mary, Mother of God

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
you have given the world its true light,
Jesus, your Son - the Son of God. 
You abandoned yourself completely
to God's call
and thus became a wellspring
of the goodness which flows forth from him. 
Show us Jesus.  Lead us to him. 
Teach us to know and love him, 
so that we too can become 
capable of true love
and be fountains of living water
in the midst of a thirsting world.  

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
God Is Love

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help for Financial Aid

Realizing, dear Mother Mary,
that thou art our Perpetual Help not only in spiritual
but likewise in temporal necessities,
we approach thee with submissive and humble hearts,
because we have a child-like confidence in thy power and goodness,
beseeching thee to assist us in our present financial worry.
Owing to untoward circumstances which have arisen in our lives,
we are in dire want, being unable to meet our honest debts.
We are not asking, dearest Mother for wealth,
if possession of it is not in accordance with the holy will of God;
we merely beg for that assistance which will enable us
to satisfy our pressing obligations.
We believe, dear Mother,
that thou art the Queen of heaven and earth,
and, as such,
the instrument and special dispensation of thy Son Jesus Christ;
that thou hast acquired by virtue of thy wonderful dignity,
a sweet jurisdiction over all creation.
We believe that thou art not only rich and bountiful,
but extremely kind and generous to all thy loving children.
We plead with thee then, dear Mother,
to obtain for us the help we so urgently need in our present financial difficulty.
We thank thee, dear Lady and promise to publish far and wide,
the marvels of thy glorious Picture.