Day 8: Mother of the Poor
St. Anne did not lay up for herself treasures on earth, when treasures from Heaven were in her midst. We are often asked to give of ourselves but, more often than not, neglect the path of charity. The world urges us to materialism and selfishness at every corner. As Catholics, we must combat this mentality and look to what is lasting.
“St. Anne's love for the poor is evident from the praise bestowed upon her by St. John Damascene, who relates that she and St. Joachim distributed one third of their possessions to the poor. St. Anne still continues her charity in Heaven by assisting the poor, often in a wonderful manner.”
– “Good St. Anne”
Glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I kneel at your feet and humbly beg you to take my present need under your special protection.
(State your intention here)
Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace to one day meet God face to face, and with you and Mary, and all the angels and saints, to praise Him through all eternity.
Remember, O Saint Anne, you whose name signifies grace and mercy, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, and sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, good, and kind mother; I take refuge at your feet, burdened with the weight of my sins.
O holy mother of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, despise not my petition… (state your intention here) …but hear me and grant my prayer. Amen.
Pray for us, Saint Anne!
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.