On this feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major which Pope Francis visited on the eve of his departure for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, it seems appropriate to post the counsel he gave to seminarians, novices and those discerning a vocation in a gathering held on July 7, 2013:
I entrust you to the intercession of Mary Most Holy.
She is the Mother who helps us to take life decisions freely and without fear.
May she help you to bear witness to the joy of God’s consolation,
without being afraid of joy,
she will help you to conform yourselves to the logic of love of the Cross,
to grow in ever deeper union with the Lord in prayer.
Then your lives will be rich and fruitful! Amen.