Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Friday, November 13, 2015

We Fly To Your Patronage...

Notre Dame de Paris

We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God,
despise not our petitions in our necessities, 
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and Blessed Virgin.

3rd century prayer to the Mother of God


  1. Thank you for the prayer Father. It was much needed.

  2. As I was scrolling through my newsfeed reading all the pleas for prayers for Paris, your post link popped up. I felt the need to write and say thank you for giving us a pertinent prayer to offer in this extremely sad and frightening time.

  3. Bernadette EnglehartNovember 13, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    I am sure this prayer will be seen by many tonight. Mary, Mother of God, I know you will hear us all and spread our heartfelt prayers where they are needed most. For the victims and their families and for all of us who live in expectation, I pray.

  4. May our Lady's mantle cover and protect us from the evil acts of humanity. In times of trouble we unite and pray.

  5. Your post as always is a Life Giving source of comfort and direction. Grateful to you!

  6. We are not to be passive observers or victims. We are to watch and pray. When we read newspapers, we pray. As we watch television news, we pray. At times like this when despair is felt around the world, we pray. Thank you for your prayer offering. It keeps the chain going. It gives people hope.

  7. How do we not give up hope? What happened in Paris can happen anywhere. I can pray and pray, but there are times when I wonder how prayer really can work? God knows what is going on, how do my prayers make things better for anyone?

  8. Well these are good questions. To be sure, what happened in Paris can happen anywhere. Let's remember that what happened in Paris happens everyday in other parts of the world. That's not to minimize it - but to give it some larger context. I don't much care "how" prayer works. Prayer is essentially an expression of my love for God even before I have a thought of asking God for anything. Prayer is first an expression of my heart filled with love for God, and when I intercede, it is an expression of my heart filled with love for God's world. I think that's all I mean by it. So in a very hardened, cold, angry, death-wielding world, for my tiny part, there is a heart that is loving. And not my heart only of course, but it's my heart that I need to be concerned with. And then maybe (pray it's so) I will be motivated tomorrow to do something for life: do something for the life of a child, feed someone, clothe someone, visit someone...None of that is insignificant. That's the real problem with a lot of the prayers that are said - they don't transform. But that's not God's fault.