It’s been a while since the last update….I hope all of you have had a very joyous Christmas season! We are nearing the end of the road on our novenas, whether we are praying the Inauguration Day Novena or the Conversion of America novena, and I hope that everyone is persevering, whether or not circumstances caused you to miss a few days…
Before I announce some plans, I’d like to ask everyone to pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. He was a great man, and a great Catholic leader. We feel his loss keenly, and now we can (privately) ask for his intercession. Please see the First Things website for more details on Fr. Neuhaus and his life.
Now….for the plans….it’s been great to see almost 40,000 rosaries pledged, and I’m sure that our pleas have been heard, through Our Lady’s intercession. However, to save America, with all of her current problems, will require much more. To this end, I’d like to announce two plans, one short-term and one long-term.
1) Another 72 day Conversion of America novena will START on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul and end April 6th. Join this effort, if you feel so called. Try to get others to sign up!
2) Wouldn’t it be great to have an organized effort in parishes across America to get people to pray the rosary and/or offer Masses for the twin intentions of converting America, and the triumph of the Culture of Life?!?! (Of course, other intentions could be included as well) If you think so, let me know…I’d love to have a representative in EVERY parish in America trying to recruit for this campaign. Many already pray the rosary for these intentions every day and just need to be counted. Many others feel fear about the direction America is taking, and we are already feeling the effects of God’s protection being withdrawn. These just need a gentle nudge to join. Others still need to know about the powerful effects of the Rosary….and all too many need a spiritual wake-up call. The exact shape of the effort is still very much open to your input, and of course the success, or even the beginning of the effort, depends on the response of many here.
I don’t presume to speak for God, or that this effort is any better or worthier than any of many efforts that people are making. God will determine, via the response, whether this is something that should go forward or not. Please just say a short prayer to ask God’s will, and together we’ll discern whether this is something worthy of pursuit!
God bless you all – it has been a privilege to pray with all of you!