Why Pray for Humanity & To Our Lady, Help of Christians

We live in challenging times. As society continues to evolve, some would say devolve, and become more and more secular and less and less oriented to God Almighty, we face the very real possibility of falling into a God-less state.

What state is this, you ask? A society devoid of God is a society that does not recognize the dignity of human life, be it at the beginning or the end of life. Pray with me daily for a renewed faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ and for the sanctity of all human life.

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Please join me today in offering up this prayer, written by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, written in honor of Our Lady, Help of Christians. This prayer is to be said today, May 24th, and every year on this date, for the people of China. Today, we pray for all Chinese, most especially Chinese Catholics.

Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan

Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title "Help of Christians,"
the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
We come before you today to implore your protection.
Look upon the People of God and, with a mother's care, guide them
along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be
a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.
When you obediently said "yes" in the house of Nazareth,
you allowed God's eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb
and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.
You willingly and generously co-operated in that work,
allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul,
until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary,
standing beside your Son, Who died that we might live.
From that moment, you became, in a new way,
the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith
and choose to follow in His footsteps by taking up His Cross.
Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed
with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter.
Grant that your children may discern at all times,
even those that are darkest, the signs of God's loving presence.
Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love.
May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world,
and of the world to Jesus.
In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high,
offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.
Peace of Christ,
Peter's Bride

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