Dear Friends in Christ,
Like yours, my heart is sick and aches at the horrific news of abuse and complicity by members of the clergy of our Church. I despair that the darkness and evil of the world has infected our Church. I feel righteous anger and want to demand accountability and transparency from the temporal stewards of our one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
I want to do something, but that “something” must be positive. So what to do? Looking to Micah 6:8 I am reminded: “You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Our Lady with incomprehensible patience reminds us that the way forward in every crisis of faith is prayer. As the Saints demonstrate emulating the example of our Lord on the Cross, prayer is always made better with sacrifice.
With that in mind, in reparation for the sins of our clergy, I plan to fast and offer a Rosary on the fourth Fridays of the month. There is, of course, more that you can do. You can join in the already underway 54 Day Rosary Novena for our Nation (www.
In prayer, we should always look to Saint Joseph. As Saint Thomas Aquinas teaches. “There are many saints to whom God has given the power to assist us in the necessities of life, but the power given to St. Joseph is unlimited: It extends to all our needs and all those who invoke him with confidence are sure to be heard.”
To thee, O blessed Saint Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity where with you are united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that you would look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.
Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old you did rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of his life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.
The Psalms too are always a powerful source of prayerful sustenance.
Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; from deceitful and unjust men deliver me!
For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
Oh, send out your light and your truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my savior and my God.
I urge you to join in Prayer and Fasting in Reparation for the sins of our clergy. Saint John Paull II calls on all of us to evangelize. Let this be one example our devotion to our Lord and His Church.
Please join me in The Fourth Friday Fast and Prayer for Reparation.