O Almighty God,
who has given me my father and mother,
and made them an image of Your authority,
and love, and tender watchfulness;
and has commanded me to love, and honor,
and obey them in all things:
Give me the grace to cheerfully keep Your law.
Help me to love and honor them,
to obey their wishes,
to study their happiness,
O Almighty God,
How I love You, O my Blessed Virgin Mother!
Had I been a priest,
I would have spoken so much of you.
I consecrate my soul and all my being to you.
Pat Visanti was born and raised a Methodist on the island of Rotuma. Rotuma is both an island and a nation. It is about 400 miles north of Fiji and, even though ethnically and linguistically different from Fiji, was made part of Fiji during the colonial period. When Pat was twelve, his mother along with Pat and his brother and sister joined their father as Catholics.
our refuge and our strength,
look down with favor on Your people who cry to You;
and through the intercession of the glorious
and Immaculate Virgin Mary,
Mother of God,
of Saint Joseph her Spouse,
of Your blessed Apostles Peter and Paul,
and of all the Saints,
in mercy and goodness
O Holy Trinity,
we thank You for having given to the Church St. Pope John Paul II,
and for having made him shine with Your fatherly tenderness,
the glory of the Cross of Christ
and the splendor of the Spirit of love.
The Portuguese have become a part of Rhode Island society, but not at the price of entirely losing their religious heritage.
A week-end retreat with the women
from the desolate city slum …
delight in grass, and flowers and shrubs;
joy, to be free for two whole days
of husbands, children and endless washing;
the balm of silence after a lifetime of noise;
happiness, to be quiet with God and friends.
Each of us chose a picture from the life of Jesus,
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.