As we celebrate this Canada Day, my mind turns to one of our great saints — St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. Born in France, she traveled to what is now Canada in 1653. She worked tirelessly in the new colony and is considered not only the founder of the Congregation of Notre-Dame, but also a co-foundress of Montreal. Dedicated to teaching and service, she is a great role model for Canadians. I came across this prayer card, from the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum in Old Montreal, and thought I would share it with you on this Canada Day:
God of Love,
By the intercession of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys,
Who contributed so greatly to the human and Christian well-being of families in the New World,
Watch over our homes today.
Give to all children the daily bread and love they need,
Help adolescents discover meaning in their lives,
Help couples grow in love and fidelity.
Guide parents in the education of their children.
Fill the hearts of grandparents with peace and tenderness toward their grandchildren.
Come to the help of those whose happiness is threatened.
Inspire and enlighten all those committed, like Saint Marguerite, to the well-being and happiness of families.
Help us discover in the Holy Family of Nazareth,
A real model of family life in the spirit of the Gospel.
And as we begin this new month, let us remember to pray for the intentions of Pope Benedict XVI:
That the Christians of the Middle East may live their faith in full freedom and be an instrument of peace and reconciliation.
That the Church may be the seed and nucleus of a humanity reconciled and reunited in God’s one and only family, thanks to the testimony of all the faithful in every country in the world.
Have a blessed and enjoyable Canada Day!