Rosary Mission, in collaboration with the Little Sisters of the Poor, has launched a new initiative called “Youth&Aged for Life” that unites young people with the elderly in fellowship, prayer and song for a culture of life. Our regular meetings in Washington include a moment of catechesis, updates on local pro-life initiatives, singing and praying the rosary together. Every meeting concludes with food and fellowship to help cultivate bonds of friendship between the youth and elderly. We will soon establish a template that could be adapted to serve families, parishes, schools and homes for the elderly across North America. We have begun introducing “Youth&Aged for Life” to other Little Sisters’ homes and to a local high school in Washington. Stay tuned for more!
Eucharist for Life is a family mission I founded in 2007. Here is a recent report from Mary Prillo, a wonderful woman of faith who leads the monthly gatherings in Montreal. Why not begin a mission like this in your community? www.eucharistforlife.org
At our monthly Eucharist for Life gathering at Loyola High School in Montreal on Feb. 3rd, I announced with great joy the desire of our new archbishop, Mgr. Christian Lépine, to consecrate our city to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is part of his response to the call for the New Evangelization. He said we must first put our city under the care and direction of the Lord. Then he called on our priests to make Eucharistic adoration available in all parts of the city. He said we can’t bring Jesus close to others if we are not close to Him ourselves. He also asked priests to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation more readily available so that people can come and experience the joy of being in right relationship with the Lord. He stated that this is a prerequisite to presenting the Lord to others. The consecration of the city is to take place at the end of the Year of Faith, in November, on the feast of the Christ the King. The children of EFL might be invited to sing a song at the Mass during Communion!
We then gathered in the chapel for praise and worship. I shared from the 1st reading of the day, Jeremiah 1: 4-5 which says, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I consecrated you.” We then asked the Lord to change hearts in this city so that everyone might cherish, respect and protect life, especially at its most vulnerable stages. We also prayed that the Lord would mightily bless his priests as they lead us all in greater holiness.
Stephen (14 yrs) then led us in a reflection to prepare for Lent. The children acted out the scene from the Agony in the Garden and then we prayed that mystery of the Rosary together. We prayed for the courage to say as Jesus did, “Father, not my will but yours be done.”
The children had a great time playing with their dads in the cafeteria. One of the mothers shared that her daughter (7 years) had a great idea for an activity: a knitting loom that could be used to make infant hats. Each family could take one home and work on it between gatherings. We could then donate them to Forty Days for Life. Brian, from Forty Days for Life was there and he was very pleased to receive the 1st hat!!
I pray that the Lord mightily bless all who are reading this, and I invite you to join us in praying for the unborn and for priests.
Anthony and Catherine have asked us to include in our rosary intentions their 6 year old daughter, Teresa, who has a tumor. It is deeply moving to see how, as they unite their sufferings with Jesus on the Cross, their anguished prayer for Teresa reaches out to embrace all suffering children and their parents. And the Lord is hearing their prayer. The tumor is shrinking. Let’s join our prayers with theirs during this Year of Faith for Teresa’s complete healing.
And let’s increase our prayers for the cardinals in Rome as they begin their pre-conclave meetings today. Let’s picture them gathered with Mary as the apostles were gathered with her in the Upper Room. Let’s pray that, like Mary, they yield so completely to the Holy Spirit that they are filled beyond their hopes and dreams with a new joy, hope, faith, love, humility, zeal, courage, wisdom, discernment, and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the whole Church in these difficult times! Brothers and sisters, do you believe that our humble prayers as members of the Body of Christ can move mountains? Really big mountains?
Friends have been wondering if I am standing on street corners in DC with a bullhorn shouting “Repent and believe the Gospel!” In actual fact, I simply approach people and ask them if they would like a Rosary to pray for “peace in the streets of DC and an end to violence”. The words alone bring a smile to people’s faces, and if they want more, we share the Good News of the Gospel. If they want more, we pray with them. We are very gentle and respectful. My streetwise friend, “Brian from the Bronx” suggested the Rosary approach. And it’s amazing how the Blessed Mother opens the door and makes it easy to evangelize. So many people are lonely, frightened, sad or just totally stressed out. The Church is called to reach out to everyone. And we are the Church! I cannot express in words the joy this ministry brings to my heart. The city turns from black and white to technicolor when walking the streets singing and sharing the Good News of the Gospel! Here is a photo of Brian with Abbot Eden, a wise and holy Benedictine priest who prays for us. Brian will share his amazing conversion story this Sunday at 5pm EST, 4pm CT on http://radiomaria.us/givegodpermision/
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) http://radiomaria.us/givegodpermision/
I just launched a blog for the New Evangelization in this Year of Faith: www.janisclarke.com My hope and prayer is that the stories will stir in people a hunger for intimacy with Jesus; for a deep, personal relationship with Him. I will also share stories on how to evangelize people we meet in our daily lives.
I hope this blog will draw people to Rosary Mission and be a source of encouragement for those who are already part of it. The time is most certainly ripe for a world wide Rosary revival. Please share this new blog with friends and family members. And please pray the Rosary, and invite others to pray it with you!
During my mission in England I had the privilege of meeting many holy people whose prayers are bearing great fruit. Among the incredibly holy priests I met is Fr. Soji, on my left, who began a small prayer group that now numbers 9,000 and is still growing! He is very devout, (reminds me of St. Francis) with an intense prayer life, and a heart of love for the whole world. Each one of us has a special place in the Father’s heart and a special mission, and our prayers are critical for this suffering world. “Blessed Mother, please ask Jesus to increase our desire to pray. Jesus, please teach us to pray in communion with you for the whole world. Please make this world a loving, safe place for families and children, and the whole human family.”
I am just back from England where I had my own “marathon” of sorts in the form of a mission! Highlights included: training youth for street evangelization and then actually doing it; inviting parishioners representing countries from around the world to pray, in their native tongue, for their country of origin, for England and for all nations; singing William Blake’s “Jerusalem”, for Brits in their native land; praying with people of many different nationalities for healing and peace; singing in parishes and meeting so many beautiful people; meeting the awesome Keralite community that is re-evangelizing England! We cannot forget that the Church exists in order to evangelize; to lead all people to Christ, the Savior of the world. And each one of us has a part to play in this great mission of mercy.