Pope Benedict’s Prayer to Mary

Mary, Mother who said Yes, you have listened to Jesus, know the tone of his voice and the beating of his heart.

Morning star, talk to us about him and tell us about the journey following him on the path of faith.

Mary, who lived with Jesus in Nazareth, etch your feelings in our lives,

May your meekness, your listening silence, make the Word blossom in truly free choices.

Mary, tells us about Jesus, so that the freshness of our faith shines in our eyes and warms the heart of those who are with us, as you did on visiting Elizabeth who in her old age rejoiced with you for the gift of life.

Mary, Virgin of the Magnificat, help us bring joy to the world and, as at Cana, lead every youth who is committed to the service of his brothers do only what Jesus says.

Mary, look upon on the Agora [gathering] of Youth so that it will be fertile ground for the Italian Church.

Pray that Jesus, who died and has risen, is reborn in us, and transform us in a night full of light, full of him.

Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, heaven’s gate, help us raise our eyes.

We want to see Jesus; talk to him; proclaim his love to everyone. 

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