My family is the heart of my life. It is my little Church. Saint Anne, guard the members of my family against all physical and spiritual danger.
You lived in the presence of your husband Joachim and your little daughter Mary. Later, you welcomed your son-in-law, Saint Joseph, and above all your beloved Grandson Jesus, our Saviour.
May your family inspire our families. May we remain united in a deep mutual love. If my family is broken by separation or divorce, remain for us the Saint of tenderness and lead us to God.
Saint Anne, you were a spouse, a mother, and a grandmother; bless all the members of my family. Keep us faithful to the Lord.
May we remain attentive to the needs of other families. Protect all families. Amen.
Do not despair. Stay calm, get your rosary beads and pray the rosary. Even if you can only make it through one decade, or one Hail Mary, or all you can do is just hold the beads – do that. God and our Blessed Mother will bring you their love, peace, and steady your heart.
Please always remember to pray for the souls in Purgatory. Below is the Prayer of St. Gertrude, which is a powerful prayer to pray every day if you can:
I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus,
in union with the Masses said throughout the world today,
for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory,
for sinners everywhere,
for sinners in the Universal Church,
those in my own home and within my family.
Here is another beautiful prayer for these souls:
O gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on them.
Be not severe in Your judgments, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames.
And, Merciful Saviour, send Your angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light and peace.
For as many attacks that are directed at our Catholic faith, it is refreshing to remember this statistic that reminds us of the extent to which the Catholic faith is a force of good in the world.
The Catholic Church is both human and divine. Our Church is made up of sinners as well as saints. Because it is human, it will always have sinful people in it, just like every other religion, Protestant denomination, organization or family. But because it is divine, founded by Jesus Christ, and guided by the Holy Spirit, it will last forever.
The Church is filled with so many good people doing their best to imitate Christ and serve others.Thank you for all you do in your various churches, hospitals, schools and programs to help so many people around the world. We should all be grateful and humbled to be part of the Church that Jesus founded nearly 2000 years ago.