May the Holy Spirit make you creative in charity, persevering in your commitments, and brave in your initiatives, so that you will be able to offer your contribution to the building up of the “civilization of love”. The horizon of love is truly boundless: it is the whole world!--Pope Benedict XVI

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Birthday Prayer (for Veronica Rose Birzer)

Veronica Rose Birzer born June 11, 2011
by Stephen Masty

A Birthday Prayer
(for Veronica Rose Birzer)

Hear the tocsin as it blows,
Down the mountain as it snows,
Word across the valley goes:
Born to us, Veronica Rose.

As our days turn middling dark,
As decay around us grows,
Pray she be our Joan of Arc,
Fearsome to our craven foes;
Arm her with Thine Holy Word,
Keep her safe where ‘ ere she goes,
Strong of will and mind and sword,
Make her, Lord, Veronica Rose.

As the face of Christ was washed,
(By her namesake, bear in mind),
Keep her selfish instincts quashed;
By Our Lady, make her kind;
Let her, Lord, draw joy in store
From all Thee made and all that grows;
Guard her soul for evermore,
And keep her Thine, Veronica Rose.

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