Dear Father, I thank you for the priceless gold of fine friendship. I thank you that time and distance do not change true friendships, that most friendships are based on terms of equality, and that a trusted friend is like a flawless diamond. I thank you for true friends who know all about us and love us anyway, for true friendships that are, in a sense, two souls in one body, and for fine friendships that are love without wings. We remember that Jesus said that we are his friends if we do whatever he commands us. May we be his true friend so that it will be easier to be friends with others.
You were lifted up on the wood of the cross
To draw all people to yourself;
You shed your life's blood
So that sin may be forgiven
And we might have life to the full.
By embracing this holy mystery of our salvation,
May we become your beloved disciples,
Accepting from you outstretched arms
Your gift of Mary as our Mother
May we learn from her,
To treasure and ponder
your Cross and Resurrection
So that one day,
with you as our Lord and God,
With John our patron and model,
And with Mary,
our joy and our hope,
We may all be gathered together
Around the Tree of Eternal Life.
And may the Father and the Son
and the Holy Spirit be glorified
in all places through the
Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen.