As Darkness Closes in..
All Hands on Deck for the New Evangelization
Be Creative! Be Brave! Give God Permission to Use You!
We went back to DC today to share the Good News in the streets. At first it was really difficult. And no one wanted a rosary. The place felt cold and unfriendly. I wanted to run away. Then something amazing happened. As we approached a homeless man in Dupont Circle, my friend Brian said, “This guy will respond…., he is one of God’s little ones.” The man greeted us with a big, beautiful smile and welcomed us. “Of course I’ll take a rosary!” As we talked with him, I felt a heaviness lift as joy filled my heart. Then I noticed the song blasting from his CD player: “People Get Ready!” After that, everything turned around. People responded with warmth, and many were eager to receive rosaries.
God has something incredibly beautiful for each one of us to contribute to the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization! He waits for our tiny “yes”, our humble efforts, and our few loaves and fishes. Then He moves in and does something fantastic and mysterious through us that blesses the whole world. So beautiful!
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Calling All Catholics to Collaborate with Conclave Cardinals through prayer and fasting! Call down “lightening bolts” of grace on the Vatican, the Cardinals and the entire Conclave! Don’t settle for spectator status. This is the Year of Faith! Jump in! Move those Mountains! Pray up a tsunami of grace to usher in a pope who will lead us into the New Evangelization to take the world by storm with love, love, love!
I have a profound sense that the Lord, particularly through Pope Benedict’s request for prayers yesterday, is calling us to pray for the extraordinary events unfolding in Rome right now. The Lord is inviting us into the very heart of the action and I believe He wants us to know how profoundly our prayers will influence the results of the conclave and the decision of the cardinals. If we take this seriously I believe we will be amazed! The key, right now, is to pray for Pope Benedict and the next pope. Why not pray a novena for Pope Benedict until February 28th, and then pray several novenas for the next pope (including the cardinals and the conclave) until the white smoke rises from the Vatican?
We are the Body of Christ. Our prayers, actions, words, sacrifices and suffering united with Christ, our Head, make a difference. A HUGE difference. Make all the difference. Since Pope Benedict’s resignation I have a growing sense of urgency. I sense that we are moving into a time when it is crucial for the little people (all of us:), the ordinary folks (all of us:) to rise up and take our rightful place as members of the Body of Christ. It is time for us to step into our respective roles (unique and unrepeatable) in the Father’s plan of mercy for this suffering world, most especially the children. Another way of putting it is that it’s time for the “Sleeping Giant” to wake up! A critical step right now is to become an active part of what’s going on in Rome by praying and offering little sacrifices for Pope Benedict and the next pope. I will be speaking about this today on Radio Maria with Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ and I have invited Fr. Robert Gendreau to speak about Pope Benedict. We will also pray a decade of the Rosary for this intention. Please join us, and call in and contribute your thoughts and insights. Online today: 4pm CT/ 5pm EST/(after today it will be available in the archives)