Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Friday, September 09, 2016
Life Issues Forum: Praying for Our Communities and Our Nation
This edition of Life Issues Forum is available in English and Spanish, and has been posted to our website.
The Life Issues Forum is a bi-weekly column by
Pro-Life Secretariat staff addressing the latest issues on the culture
of life. Columns may be reprinted as they appear here (in full and
without alteration) without further permission.
The Pro-Life Secretariat
LIFE ISSUES FORUM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Praying for Our Communities and Our Nation September 9, 2016
By Caitlin Thomas
9 was important for two related reasons. First, the Church celebrated
the memorial of Saint Peter Claver, a Spanish priest devoted to serving
African slaves in the New World. And this year, it was designated by the
U.S. bishops as a day of prayer to end race-related division and
violence. A July 21 press release
announced the day of prayer: "[I]n light of recent incidents of
violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the
president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has
invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for
Peace in Our Communities." Even if you're hearing of this a little late,
please join in prayerful solidarity with all who prayed for peace that
in light of current national events, all Catholics are invited to
participate in another bishop-led prayer effort: a simple nine-week
novena for the local and national elections in November.
Many who have already heeded the bishops' Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty
are familiar with fasting and praying every Friday to build a culture
of life, love, and peace. From September 16 through November 11, the
weekly intentions will focus on interceding for the many needs
surrounding the political process. The bishops are asking Catholics to
pray one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for each week's special intention, as well as for our current and future civic leaders.
At times, we may be tempted to think prayer doesn't really matter. But as the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, "prayer is a vital necessity"-most especially for the sake of our own relationship with God, but also for and with each other (2744, original emphasis).
novena is an ideal way for Catholics to unite in prayer for our nation,
that we may all serve the common good. Pope Francis reminded us to pray
for our leaders:
us pray for leaders, that they govern us well. That they bring our
homeland, our nations, our world, forward, to achieve peace and the
common good. This word of God helps us to better participate in the
common life of a people: those who govern, with the service of humility
and love, and the governed, with participation, and especially prayer (Pope Francis' morning meditation, September 16, 2013).
To answer our shepherds' invitation to be part of this national prayer effort, sign up for email or text reminders at www.usccb.org/pray, or follow us on our People of Life Facebook page. The intentions and their shareable images are available at www.goo.gl/76hMKA. Oremus! Let us pray!
Thomas is a staff assistant for the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more on the bishops'
pro-life work, seewww.usccb.org/prolife. To join the bishops' election season novena, visitwww.usccb.org/pray.
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