A bishop, a visionary, a bold man, a founder… and a Saint!
Last update : 2017-05-09
To celebrate the canonization of François de Laval we published this Thanksgiving prayer.
Call upon Saint François de Laval to intercede for you.
François de Laval
Here I am with you, François,
In this very land where you so often prayed
The Holy Family and Mary Immaculate.
May I find in you the courage I lack;
You who came by the vast ocean
To found the Church in American soil.
Teach me to leave my comfort
And my certainties behind,
As you did, notwithstanding your ill
And battered body, to meet every settler,
To spread the Word in this unknown land.
You were a man of sharing: you attended the sick,
Clothed the poor, fought for the dignity of the First Nations,
Supported the weary missionaries; you were always ready to lend
A hand to those in a worse situation than you.
How many times were your projects reduced to naught?
Every time, you rose again.
You understood that God’s work is not made of stone
And that in this land of discouragement
A builder of hope was needed.
Here is your greatest legacy: I am with you and I thank you,
I am glad to celebrate the faith I have today.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
for Saint François de Laval
God our Father,
we thank you and praise you
for entrusting us to
François de Laval,
of your Church in New France.
Through the intercession of this great witness,
with his faith and charity,
guide us on the road
of New Evangelization
to spread the Good News of your Son Jesus Christ.
Give us pastors
to answer the needs of your Church.
Make us a people of the Word of God
so that we may bring
the light of the Gospel
in today’s world.
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