PRAYER FOR THE CANONIZATION OF BLESSED MARY KATHERINE KASPER
God of love,
Father of the poor
and Brother of all people.
You have called Blessed Mary Catherine Kasper
to witness the Faith in the needs of life.
With the strength of your Holy Spirit
she has made the needs of the poor her own,
and in each person she has seen
the gifts and graces You have given.With openness of heart and broad vision
Blessed Mary Catherine founded the
Congregation of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.With the same perseverance and endurance
the Sisters have embraced this mission
and carried it into the world.
The witness of Blessed Catherine Kasper
has not only shown the Church of Limburg
the face of charity.
What was begun in Dernbach
has also spread to other European countries,
to Asia, Africa and America
because Sisters in the spirit of the Foundress
have transmitted the Gospel
with hearts and hands.
Therefore we pray:
Gift your Church throughout the entire world
with the Canonization of Mary Catherine Kasper
to honor you, and in all the necessities of life others
will benefit through her intercession.
Through her vision and openness
may the love which we pour out
make your name great.
May we be blessed
through your honor and glory
through Christ our Lord. Amen
Dr. Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst
Bishop of Limburg