Deborah Gyapong, parishioner at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Otrdinariate community, Ottawa, Canada, and authoress of the blog “Foolishness to the World“, was able to meet Pope Francis in Rome recently. She writes:
On May 8, I met Pope Francis after attending Mass at Casa Santa Marta. I am so thankful for having had this opportunity and I will never forget the way he looked at me as I approached him. He put me right at ease.
I gave the Holy Father a prayer card that shows a stained glass window from Blessed Sacrament Parish in Ottawa on one side, and on the other the following Prayer to the Holy Spirit inspired by Pope Francis, composed by my spiritual director Fr. Francis Donnelly and based on Evangelii Gaudium.
POPE FRANCIS-INSPIRED PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Once more I invoke You, Holy Spirit
I implore You, come and renew Your Church
Open our cold hearts and shake up our lukewarm
And superficial spiritual existence.
Make us fearlessly open to Your operations in us.
Anoint us with Divine Love in renewed experience
Of our Salvation in the Crucified, Risen, and
Eucharistic Lord Jesus Christ dwelling within us.
Fashion in us a life transformed by the encounter
With our God’s presence, and thus set our hearts
ON FIRE with enthusiasm to go forth boldly to
Evangelize all peoples, full of Your fervor, joy,
Generosity, courage, boundless love and great
Let us know experientially that Jesus walks with
Us, speaks to us, breathes with us, works with us,
And that He is really alive within us to cure the
Infinite sadness of the human race by the Infinite
Love of God the Father.
We ask You this through the intercession of
Mary, Mother of the living Gospel, Wellspring of
Happiness for God’s little ones, and in the
Name of Jesus Himself, our Lord and Savior.