Thought of the day
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time

"Blessed is she who believed" (Lk 1,45)

Pope Francis 
Apostolic Exhortation « Evangelii Gaudium /The Joy of the Gospel» § 288 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)
"Blessed is she who believed" (Lk 1,45)

Mary, Virgin and Mother,
you who, moved by the Holy Spirit,
welcomed the word of life
in the depths of your humble faith:
as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One,
help us to say our own “yes”
to the urgent call, as pressing as ever,
to proclaim the good news of Jesus.

Filled with Christ’s presence,
you brought joy to John the Baptist,
making him exult in the womb of his mother (Lk 1,41).
Brimming over with joy,
you sang of the great things done by God (Lk 1,46f).
Standing at the foot of the cross
with unyielding faith (Jn 19,25),
you received the joyful comfort of the resurrection,
and joined the disciples in awaiting the Spirit
so that the evangelizing Church might be born (Acts 1,14).

Obtain for us now a new ardour born of the resurrection,
that we may bring to all the Gospel of life
which triumphs over death.
Give us a holy courage to seek new paths,
that the gift of unfading beauty
may reach every man and woman. 

Virgin of listening and contemplation (Lk 2,19),
Mother of fair love (Si 24,24 Vg), 
Bride of the eternal wedding feast (Rev 19,7),
pray for the Church, whose pure icon you are,
that she may never be closed in on herself
or lose her passion for establishing God’s kingdom.

Star of the new evangelization,
help us to bear radiant witness to communion,
service, ardent and generous faith,
justice and love of the poor,
that the joy of the Gospel
may reach to the ends of the earth,
illuminating even the fringes of our world.

Mother of the living Gospel,
wellspring of happiness for God’s little ones,
pray for us.

Amen. Alleluia!
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