Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel
Patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women
God of Heavenly Wisdom, You have given us Mary, Mother of Jesus, to be our guide and counselor. Grant that we may always seek her motherly help in this life and so enjoy her blessed presence in the life to come. Oh, Mother of Good Counsel, Patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women, intercede for us, that we may be wise, courageous and loving leaders of the Church.
Help us, dear Mother, to know the mind of Jesus, your Son. May the Holy Spirit fill us with reverence for God’s creation and compassion for all God’s children. May our labors of love on earth enhance the reign of God and may God’s gifts of faith and living hope prepare us for the fullness of the world to come. Amen
Dear Friends, Each parish to which I was assigned as a priest had a CCW group. I have been at many parish CCW meetings. Over the years, I have attended several large gatherings of the CCW. I have always been impressed by their spiritual life and by the work that they do for the parishes. Those who belong to the CCW are women who love Our Lord and His Church. They give of themselves unselfishly for the good of the parishes to which they belong. They put their faith into action. The motto of the CCW is “Catholic Women United in Prayer, Study and Service.” I have found that this motto truly summarizes the purpose of the CCW. If the motto appeals to you, then the CCW is the organization where you can place your talents at the service of the Church. In Christ, The Most Reverend John M. LeVoir Bishop of New Ulm
God had created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission – I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truthy in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandements and serve Him in my calling. Therefore, I will trust Him. – Adapted from Venerable John Henry Newman for July 14, 2008, the day of the announcement of Bishop LeVoir