Good Lord, give me the grace so to spend my lifethat when the day of my death shall comethough I may feel pain in my bodyI may feel comfort in my soul; and with faithful hope in your mercyin due love towards you and charity towards the worldI may, through your grace part hence and into your glory. Amen.
-- St. Thomas More
Dear St. Therese, Little Flower of Carmelchild of God and friend of defendersservicemen in WWI and WWII wore your medal and carried your image into battle.You miraculously appeared to those on the frontlines in Normandyyour home province. Frontline soldiers furthered the cause for your canonization realized in 1925and ever since have been loyally invoked as our "Angel of the Trenches". Defend our homeland today as you did your own. Be now still our ever-present "Angel of the Trenches" as we serve on today's frontlines. Then, just as WWII veterans attribute the fall of Nazi Germany to your intercessionsmay we give glory to God for your intercession over the evil of terrorism. Never cease to intercede for us until peace, justice, mercy and forgiveness reign in all heartsespecially mineand in all nationsespecially ours. St. Therese, Angel of the Trenches, pray for us! Amen.
-- Judy L. McCloskey
Holy Father, look upon this humanity of ours,that is taking its first steps along the path of the Third Millennium.Its life is still deeply markedby hatred, violence and oppression,but the thirst for justice, truth and gracestill finds a space in the hearts of many people,who are waiting for someone to bring salvation,enacted by You through Your Son Jesus.There is the need for courageous heralds of the Gospel,for generous servants of suffering humanity.Send holy priests to Your Church, we pray,who may sanctify Your peoplewith the tools of Your grace.Send numerous consecrated men and women,that they may show Your holiness in the midst of the world.Send holy labourers into Your vineyard,that they may labour with the fervour of charityand, moved by Your Holy Spirit,may bring the salvation of Christto the farthest ends of the Earth. Amen.
-- Pope John Paul II, from Castel Gandolfo, 8th September 2001
From this city, from Kazakhastan, a country that is an example of harmony between men and women of different origins and beliefs, I wish to make an earnest call to everyone, Christians and the followers of other religions, that we work toghether to build a world without violence, a world that loves life, and grows in justice and solidarity. We must not let what has happened lead to a deepening of divisions. Religion must never be used as a reason for conflict.
From this place, I invite.... God whose children we all are, that the supreme good of peace may reign in the world. May people everywhere, strengthened by divine wisdom, work for a civilization of love, in which there is no room for hatred, discrimination, or violence. With all my heart, I beg God to keep the world in peace.Amen.
-- Pope John Paul II (Astana, Kazakstan; Sunday, September 23, 2001)
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There is no nation on earth that is so intolerant of germs as the United States; there are few nations which are so tolerant of evil and sin...One can lay down the general law that the greater the apathy to righteousness born of God in a nation, the greater is the danger of corruption from within.
--Fulton J. Sheen
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