Mary, Mother of Mercy
August 3, 2023
Dear Family of Mary!
We continue our personal retreats with Our Lady before her birthday on August 5th! Our Lady is the Mother of Mercy! She embodies God’s mercy in every way. She is always ready to help us in our needs. We call on her instinctively when we are in trouble. She never fails us. Mary, Mother of Mercy, save us!!
She has told us:
March 25, 2017
In this time of grace,
I am calling all of you
to open your hearts to God’s mercy,
to begin a new life through prayer, penance
and a decision for holiness.
This time of spring moves you to a new life,
to a renewal, in your thoughts and hearts.
Therefore, little children,
I am with you
to help you to say ‘yes’ to God
and to God’s commandments
You are not alone;
I am with you
through the grace which the Most High gives me
for you and your descendants.
Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Here is a prayer by St. Cyril of Alexandria that may help us to enter into Mary’s gift of peace to us:
St. Francis of Assisi
Mary, our Queen,
Holy Mother of God,
we beg you to hear our prayer.
Make our hearts overflow with divine grace
and resplendent with heavenly wisdom.
Render them strong with your might
and rich in virtue.
Pour down upon us the gift of mercy
so that we may obtain the pardon of our sins.
Help us to live in such a way
as to merit the glory and bliss of heaven.
May this be granted us by your Son Jesus
who has exalted you above the angels,
has crowned you as Queen,
and has seated you with Him
forever on his refulgent throne.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
I encourage you all to go to the archives and experience the Youth Festival 2023 again and again!!