December 9 St. Juan Diego

The Cross gave peace to the world; and it must bring peace to our hearts. All our miseries come from not loving it. The fear of crosses increases them. A cross carried simply, and without those returns of self-love which exaggerate troubles, is no longer a cross. Peaceable suffering is no longer suffering.

-St. John Vianney


Our Lady, Queen of Peace

Most holy Virgin, by your Divine Maternity you merited to share in your Divine Son’s prerogative of universal Kingship, and to be called Queen of Peace. May your powerful intercession guard your people from all hatred and discord among themselves and direct their hearts in the way of peace. Your Son came to teach us this way for the good and well-being of all and your Church continues to guide our steps along that same way.

Look kindly upon the efforts of Christ’s Vicar to call together and unite nations around the only center of saving faith. Enlighten the rulers of our country and of all countries on earth to follow this path to peace. Grant that there may be peace in our hearts, in our families, and in our world.