A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. Sirach 6:16

Under your protective mantle, shelter and defend me, my refuge and my strength.

When I am alone, be my refuge, O Mary.

When  the world is hard and cold, be my refuge, O Mary.

When my friends betray and deny me, be my refuge O Mary.

When my body is folded in pain, be my refuge O Mary.

At the crossroads of my life, protect me, dear Mother.

At the moments of tough love, protect me, dear Mother.

At the times of great success, protect me, dear Mother

At the hour of my death, protect me, dear Mother.

Wrap me in your mantle, O Mother, and flood me with the light of our love. Amen.

from: Blessed Art Thou by Michael O’Neill McGrath and Richard N. Fragomeni

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