Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I’ve just finished reading Pope Francis’ “Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation” which he concluded with this prayer to Mary:
"… , I consider it best to conclude this Exhortation by turning to her:
Mother of life, in your maternal womb Jesus took flesh, the Lord of all that exists. Risen, he transfigured you by his light and made you the Queen of all creation. For that reason, we ask you, Mary, to reign in the beating heart of Amazonia.
Show yourself the Mother of all creatures, in the beauty of the flowers, the rivers, the great river that courses through it and all the life pulsing in its forests. Tenderly care for this explosion of beauty.
Ask Jesus to pour out all his love
on the men and women who dwell there,
that they may know how to appreciate and care for it.
Bring your Son to birth in their hearts,
so that he can shine forth in the Amazon region, in its peoples and in its cultures,
by the light of his word,
by his consoling love,
by his message of fraternity and justice.
And at every Eucharist,
may all this awe and wonder be lifted up to the glory of the Father.
Mother, look upon the poor of the Amazon region, for their home is being destroyed by petty interests. How much pain and misery,
how much neglect and abuse there is
in this blessed land
overflowing with life!
Touch the hearts of the powerful,
for, even though we sense that the hour is late, you call us to save
what is still alive.
Mother whose heart is pierced,
who yourself suffer in your mistreated sons and daughters, and in the wounds inflicted on nature,
reign in the Amazon,
together with your Son.
Reign so that no one else can claim lordship
over the handiwork of God.
We trust in you, Mother of life. Do not abandon us
in this dark hour.
It is a long document to read but I was encouraged by several paragraphs: #87, 100 and 101 in particular and by the concluding prayer above. The document can be read HERE