JANUARY 2-8, 2019
While our Bishops are in prayer we are calling all Catholics to intercessory prayer and fasting so their time spent on retreat will be truly guided by the Holy Spirit. As we pray and fast let us contemplate that reparation is needed and in humbling ourselves before Jesus truly present, body blood soul and divinity in the Eucharist, we ask, we seek and we knock at the door of His Divine Mercy.
At Fatima, Our Lady addressed the power of prayer and fasting in a very particular way as she encouraged the child visionaries to offer sacrifice in reparation for the sins of the world. In response, all three visionaries, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, took her message to heart and practiced fasting and prayer at a heroic level. Saint Jacinta, one of the three visionary children at Fatima said this shortly before she died, “If men only knew what eternity is, how they would make all possible efforts to amend their lives … mortification and sacrifice give great pleasure to Our Divine Lord.” Amazing words from a 10 year old!