In Genazzano, Italy—a small town about 25 miles outside of Rome-- the Church of the Virgin Mother of Good Counsel had fallen into disrepair. In the fifteenth century, a pious widow and tertiary of the Augustinian Order, Petruccia Noteria, undertook the monumental task of restoring the church following a vision from the Blessed Virgin. She implored her neighbors to help her with the task, but instead, they scoffed and jeered, accusing her of madness at her advanced age, and mocking her alleged holiness. Petruccia was not to be deterred, however, and committed all of her resources to the repairs of the church. She was not deterred by the derision of her friends and neighbors, instead saying to them, “My dear children, do not put too much importance on this apparent misfortune. I assure you that before my death the Blessed Virgin and our holy father Augustine will finish the church begun by me.”
Our Lady of Good Counsel has been approved by the Vatican, and many popes throughout history have been especially devoted to her. She is the patron saint of those seeking enlightenment. Her feast day is celebrated April 26. Her miraculous intercession reminds us that the love of Our Blessed Mother is perfect, her virtue knows no bounds, and her constant heavenly intercession for each of us is a gift not to be taking for granted. Pray for us, Our Lady of Good Counsel! Intercede for us with Jesus, Our Lord!
Prayer of Our Lady of Good Counsel:
O Holy Virgin, to whose feet we are lead by our anxious uncertainty in our search for and attainment of what is true and good, invoking thee by the sweet title of Mother of Good Counsel. We beseech Thee to come to our assistance, when, along the road of this life, the darkness of error and of evil conspires towards our ruin by leading our minds and our hearts astray.
Do Thou, O Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, enlighten the doubtful and the erring, that they be not seduced by the false appearances of good; render them steadfast in the race of the hostile and corrupting influences of passion and of sin. O Mother of Good Counsel, obtain for us from Thy Divine Son a great love of virtue, and, in the hour of uncertainty and trial, the strength to embrace the way that leads to our salvation.
Prayer Requests: April
During this week, please join me in lifting the following intentions submitted through this blog, to Our Lord and Savior, through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother:
Blessings and healing upon a sick girl (L, United Kingdom); Healing from pancreatic cancer (R, Philippines); Vocational guidance, support of family (C, USA-MN); For healing of a relationship with son, for healing of a friend (O, Ireland); Blessings, end to depression (L, USA-PA); Discernment in a relationship (P, Poland); Healing upon the sick (B, Guam); Reparation of family relationships (S, USA-IA); Success for son’s career (L, USA-MA); Healing of one in intensive care (M, United Kingdom); Healing (J, Nigeria); Occupational success, peace of mind (C, Nigeria); Healing of past traumas (G, USA-VT); Healing upon a father (G, Philippines); Successful employment (D, Philippines); Blessings upon a nephew and family (M, USA-PA); Peaceful grieving (W, Great Britain); Healing of a sick mother (P, India); Healing of daughter, end to troubles for son (A, Kenya); Financial security, blessings upon a relationship (R, India); Blessings of children (C, United Arab Emirates); Financial security (C, Malaysia); Successful employment, academic success for children, healing for husband (C, India); Healing of a sick son (S, Ireland); Employment for a son (B, Ireland); Academic success, vocational discernment (J, Nigeria); Grace and healing of marriage (N, Japan); Resolution of legal situation, financial stability, grace upon daughters (S, USA-FL); Successful application for scholarship (B, Papua New Guinea).