While in Ephesus I was privileged to be given a little tour by Father Joe of the rectory area where our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI rested his head while visiting Mary's House in November of 2006. It was on this pilgrimage that he requested a prayer during his Papal homily:
“From here in Ephesus, a city blessed by the presence of Mary Most Holy — who we know is loved and venerated also by Muslims - let us lift up to the Lord a special prayer for peace between peoples.” - Pope Benedict XVI, Papal Homily at "Mary's House" in Ephesus, Turkey, November 29, 2006
I believe with all my heart that the Sister Marie prayer is that prayer. Please help me answer the plea of our Holy Father and spread the good news of Sister Marie. Now, in this moment, join me in prayer:
We thank God for giving us the privilege of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey. Through her great generosity she acquired the property at Ephesus, the home of Mary and St. John the Evangelist. We ask God and Sister Marie to continue to bless the cornerstone given to her, "Around this Cornerstone we will build our faith and the powers of darkness will not prevail." We pray for God's will to be completely fulfilled through the intercession of Sister Marie. Amen.
Being in that little room I was filled with love for The Vicar of Christ who found respite in the most simple and humble of dwellings. We who love him are edified by his example of simplicity. Please enjoy these few photos of the room that was especially built to welcome our beloved Holy Father.
" I am not a priest and cannot bless them, but all that the heart of a mother can ask of God for her children, I ask of Him and will never cease to ask Him." ~ Sister Marie