Brothers and sisters need your prayers

Our Church, Country and our brothers and sisters need your prayers.

Pray for those who behave like your enemy and for those who persecute you and who are estranged from the Church. Pick an enemy or anyone you might think is in most need of your prayers; it could be a terrorist, politician, radical entertainer, or a member of the Church who has fallen away from his or her faith.

Say, each day, a Hail Mary, decade of the rosary, or even the whole rosary for the person you have selected. You will then be following the Gospel of St. Matthew:
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:44-45


The Five Franciscan Martyrs Regional Executive Council has suggested that we should consider praying a perpetual Franciscan Crown Rosary for Peace and Understanding: for ourselves and our families, our Fraternity, our Order, our Neighborhood, Church, State, and Country. A decade may be prayed each day of the week as follows:

1. Decade on Monday, The Annunciation, for ourselves and our families.
2. Decade on Tuesday, The Visitation, for our Fraternity.
3. Decade on Wednesday, The Birth of our Lord, for our Order.
4. Decade on Thursday,The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, for our Neighborhood.
5. Decade on Friday,The Finding of Jesus in the Temple, for our Church.
6. Decade on Saturday, The Resurrection of our Lord, for our State.
7. Decade on Sunday, The Assumption of our Lady into Heaven, for our Country.

Someone has said that, if Christians really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
In W.W.II there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace.
There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America.
If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 pm Eastern Time
(8:00 pm Central) (6:00 pm Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for peace in the world.
If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this
along……………..Let’s ALL do this !
Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. God Bless You and these United States!!

The Children of believers are sanctified through the very fact of their paternity. One person in a family may be the salvation of the whole family, though it may not be given to him to see the final issues and the ultimate results. But there is the fact – an absolute certainly, goodness inevitably produces goodness; it is unconquerable, it cannot be stifled, it has greater ramifications than evil can ever have… One saint outweighs a hundred, a thousand, perhaps a million sinners. The sanctity of one saint prevails over the sinfulness of a thousand sinners. Sin is negative; sanctity, positive. Sanctity is more powerful than sin; sanctity is, in fact, the only real power.
Dom Anscar Vonier, O.S.B.
writing of Dom Vonier, an abbot of Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England (1906) taken from the February issue of the Magnificat.

Pray for Your Enemies