Holy Spirit of love, you moved the waters
and gave light and form and colour to our world.
You fill all things with life and beauty
and give to our hearts the joy of love;
fill my mind with your light, so that I may rejoice in your creation and in my happiness raise my heart to you.
With Mary, the mother of our Lord and of the Church, I pray for this month’s intentions as proposed by the Holy Father:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbors who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.
Pope Francis has a great love for Mary, the Mother of God. He had hardly been elected when he asked the Bishops of Portugal to place his pontificate under the patronage of Our Lady of Fatima. At the end of his own consecration to her on 13 October 2013 he said: ‘…. bring everyone under your protection and entrust everyone to your Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus.
When we are one with Jesus we are more ready to proclaim him to others. He was received and hidden in the tiny dwelling, miraculously prepared by the Holy Spirit, of His Mother’s virginal womb, after the Incarnation.
He was entrusted to her in his humanity; blood, flesh, breath, food, love to enable him to grow in her womb each day, and then, after birth, each year, always close to the mother.
She is intimately associated with her Son, Jesus; she collaborates with Him is his work of salvation, during his infancy, his adolescence, his thirty years of hidden life at Nazareth, his public ministry, during his sorrowful passion and up to the Cross where she offers and suffers with Him receiving his last words of love and sorrow, in which she is given to all humanity as true Mother.
We too are called to imitate Jesus in everything and so we must also imitate him in this, his complete reliance on the heavenly Mother. It is for this reason that she seeks now our offering to her with our consecration. She will mould and strengthen us to always be ready to proclaim her Son in secularised cultures.
- Michael Maher, S.M., extracted from Living Prayer