Word of welcome
by Arnold Leeman
President of the Lady of All Nations Foundation
Your highly-valued Excellencies from the diocese of Amsterdam and from more than fifteen other dioceses throughout the world,
and dear pilgrims from near and far, gathered here for Mary, the Lady and Mother of All Nations: To you all, a heart-felt welcome on this day, in this place, in the name of the Lady of All Nations Foundation and in the name of the Family of Mary Coredemptrix!
Our thanks go first to everyone here present, who has undertaken a long trip that they may be here with Mary as the Lady and Mother of All Nations, to pray and sing with one another. That we can be here together, we owe much to the hands who prepared it, especially the sisters and brothers of the Family of Mary Coredemptrix....
'Veni, Sancte Spiritus!' - 'Come, Holy Spirit!', we have prayed in the past days of this special year as preparation for this Pentecost. The past three Days of Prayer were leading up to this Jubilee Year, which has been a year of grace where the mercy of God wants to reveal and transmit itself to us.
In a well-known prayer, Mary is called 'the mother of mercy.' As mother of us all, as the Mother of All Nations, she knows the needs of her children, in this time as well. She wants to help dispense the divine graces to the people as she did with the apostles in the days of Pentecost when they prayed for the coming of the Holy Spirit, which penetrated them all.... This fierce roar of Pentecost is a manifestation of the great and new power of the Holy Spirit that penetrated the Church and the hearts of men. However, we must remain in prayer and await the power of the Holy Spirit, His fire and light, that we are strengthened for the future, for the new time, for the spreading of the gospel.
'Veni Sancte Spiritus!' - 'Come, Holy Spirit!' And with the words spoken in the Amsterdam prayer, 'Send now Your Spirit over the earth...!' we stay united throughout the whole world, in all nations, by praying this prayer, strengthened through the same Spirit, and trusting in the mercy of God!