Heart Strings

Dear Friend,

I had a customer the other day make a purchase of a mantilla. In the note section, she asked me to send the mantilla to her work address, noting that "[she] was the only (Christian) believer at home." She lives in a country where Christians are a definite minority.

This message struck my heart and it pained me. It sounds so much like the Christians of the early church who had to hide their faith for fear of death. For death was no stranger to them in those days. 

Unfortunately, it seems to be the case again, that Christians must hide their faith for fear of retaliation or death.

Our Lady, Holy Mother of Our Lord, knows suffering. Kindly offer this prayer up so that she will appeal to Our Lord, who never refuses her, and ask her to help our brother Christians in need of safety.

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christian,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.

By St. John Bosco


Peter's Bride

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