Prayer for Peace
To Mary, then, who is the Mother of Mercy and omnipotent by grace,
Let loving and devout appeal go up from every corner of the earth
From noble temples and tiniest chapels, from royal palaces and
Mansions of the rich as from the poorest hut; from every place
Where in a faithful soul finds shelter; from blood-drenched plains
And seas. Let it bear to her the anguished cry of mothers and wives,
The wailing of innocent little ones, the sighs of every generous heart;
That her most tender and benign solicitude may be moved and the
Peace we ask for be obtained for our agitated world.
-Pope Benedict XV, May 5, 1917
Eight days later, Mary appeared to three children at Fatima, Portugal
Given the condition of the world today, formulate a prayer in which you entrust to Our Lady those situations, events, or needs that you feel most need her maternal care, love and intercession.
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And our intellectual life would gain immeasurably by appreciating this; it would receive an inestimable advantage if, instead of attempting to supplant the spiritual life, it recognized its necessity and importance, and welcomed its beneficial influence–the influence of the theological virtues and the gifts of the Holy Ghost.