We thank You, Lord
because the Gospel of the Father's love,
with which You came to save the world,
has been proclaimed far and wide in America
as a gift of the Holy Spirit
that fills us with gladness.
We thank You for the gift of Your Life,
which You have given us by loving us to the end:
makes us children
brothers and sisters to each other.
Increase, O Lord, our faith
and our love for You,
present in all the tabernacles of the continent.
Grant us to be faithful witnesses
to your Resurrection
for the younger generation
so that, in knowing You, they may follow You
and find in You their peace and joy.
Only then will
they know that they
are brothers and sisters
of all God's children
throughout the world.
You who, in becoming man,
chose to belong to a human family,
teach families the virtues which filled with light
home of Nazareth.
May families always be united,
as You and the Father are one,
and may they be living witnesses
to love, justice
make them schools
forgiveness and mutual help,
so that the world may believe;
help them to be the source of vocations
to the priesthood
and the consecrated life,
and all the other forms
of firm Christian
Protect Your Church and the Successor of Peter,
to whom You, Good
Shepherd, have entrusted
the task of feeding Your flock.
Grant that the Church in America
and grow richer in the fruits of holiness.
Teach us to love Your Mother, Mary,
as you loved her.
Give us strength
Your word with courage
in the work of the new evangelization,
so that the world may know new hope.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America,
pray for us!
(Given at Mexico
City on January 22, 1999, by Pope John-Paul II).
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Almighty and loving Father,
I thank you for giving St. Gerard to us
as a most appealing model and powerful friend.
By his example,
he showed us how to love and trust You.
You have showered many blessings
on those who call upon him.
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