1 John 2:15-17

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

1 John 2:15-17

Valentine’s Day

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Saint Valentine Kneeling In Supplication, by David Teniers III, 1600’s

I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.  Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.  Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.  Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

Psalms 85:8-11

Our Lady of Lourdes

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Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
by St. John Paul II

Hail Mary, Poor and Humble Woman,
Blessed by the Most High!
Virgin of hope, dawn of a new era,
we join in your song of praise,
to celebrate the Lord’s mercy,
to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom
and the full liberation of humanity.

Hail Mary, Lowly Handmaid of the Lord,
Glorious Mother of Christ!
Faithful Virgin, holy dwelling-place of the Word,
teach us to persevere in listening to the Word,
and to be docile to the voice of the Spirit,
attentive to his promptings
in the depths of our conscience
and to his manifestations in the events of history.

Hail Mary, Woman of Sorrows,
Mother of the Living!
Virgin spouse beneath the Cross, the new Eve,
be our guide along the paths of the world.
Teach us to experience and to spread the love of Christ,
to stand with you before the innumerable crosses
on which your Son is still crucified.

Hail Mary, Woman of Faith,
First of the Disciples!
Virgin Mother of the Church,
help us always to account for the hope that is in us,
with the trust in human goodness and the Father’s love.
Teach us to build up the world beginning from within:
in the depths of silence and prayer,
in the joy of fraternal love,
in the unique fruitfulness of the Cross.

Hail Mary, Mother of Believers,
Our Lady of Lourdes,
pray for us.

Amen.