“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
Today we welcome our first official guest blogger… my dear friend, Letitia. We are so thankful that she has chosen to share with us one way that she feels called to be an Everyday Missionary! You may even consider joining her in her cause, one which relies fully on God’s ability to OVERCOME the adversities in our world.
Letitia has recently felt a strong urging to organize prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world, who today face persecution because of their faith. She writes the following…
I am sitting here this morning outside, enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I can hear the song birds singing, feel the unusually cool breeze of an August morning in Louisiana. Some of my children are still asleep while my two youngest boys are enjoying a fishing trip with their grandfather. My husband is at work today. My own mother is at home and my father is at work. My brothers and sister and their children are all well. All of my friends are doing well. So why is my heart so sorrowful and my stomach in knots? Our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world are being killed in a Christian genocide.
While I sit here typing this, there are mothers on a mountain top whose children are dying in their arms. They are the hopeful ones. There is a chance that maybe they will get water and food and their lives will be spared. Many of their family members and friends have been killed. Many mothers and fathers watched the horrors of their children running from the swords as they were being beheaded. Their young daughters being raped and sold. The fathers being hanged! Those on the mountain top were somehow saved. There is no roof over their heads, no pillows to lay on, nothing to keep them warm as the sun goes down and night covers them tonight.
Can you imagine this in your life today? No, you can’t imagine it and you will not allow yourself to imagine it because it is far too sorrowful and horrific. I am saying that if you look at a map of religious persecutions you will see that we are blessed on this day but we are not guaranteed what will happen tomorrow. This is a map of religious persecutions worldwide.
Many of those who have faced religious persecution were not expecting it. It was not something they prepared for or did not prepare properly for but they probably did have some sense of it happening. We are being given this gift of a chance to see what could happen in our country to us as Christians. What can we do?
I have been reading many Facebook posts and blog posts and hearing so many people, in particular women, who feel so helpless. Many say, “My hands are tied, what can I do?” We may feel that way, after all, we are half a world away from the most extreme persecutions. I read a post on a website that said that “prayer is the only thing that can cross borders” and I add, lead us across the world to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We must take off the ties that bind our hands and tie to our hands our Rosaries.
Our Blessed Mother has warned us many times about the errors of the world. She has warned that we must repent and return to her Son. The of weapon choice —the Rosary. Why? Because at Fatima, our Blessed Mother said, “Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world.” We need to read or re-read, whatever the case may be, the messages of Fatima, the messages of Our Lady of Good Success, the Battle of Lepanto, and the many other times where people were saved through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother and the Rosary.
On Sunday, September 14, 2014, the Catholic Church will celebrate the Triumph of the Cross. It has been celebrated in the church since the seventh century. Catholicculture.org says this, “This day is also called the Exaltation of the Cross, Elevation of the Cross, Holy Cross Day, Holy Rood Day, or Roodmas. The liturgy of the Cross is a triumphant liturgy. When Moses lifted up the bronze serpent over the people, it was a foreshadowing of the salvation through Jesus when He was lifted up on the Cross. Our Mother Church sings of the triumph of the Cross, the instrument of our redemption. To follow Christ we must take up His cross, follow Him and become obedient until death, even if it means death on the cross. We identify with Christ on the Cross and become co-redeemers, sharing in His cross. We make the Sign of the Cross before prayer which helps to fix our minds and hearts to God. After prayer we make the Sign of the Cross to keep close to God. During trials and temptations our strength and protection is the Sign of the Cross. At Baptism we are sealed with the Sign of the Cross, signifying the fullness of redemption and that we belong to Christ. Let us look to the cross frequently, and realize that when we make the Sign of the Cross we give our entire self to God — mind, soul, heart, body, will, thoughts. The cross of triumph is usually pictured as a globe with the cross on top, symbolic of the triumph of our Savior over the sin of the world, and world conquest of His Gospel through the means of a grace…” Today, the cross is very heavy for so many, but we can be a Simon for them. We can help those whose cross is so heavy they are falling and need help.
In order to help those who are dying for their Christian faith and for the protection of our families and our country we need to pray the Rosary. Not just pray in the privacy of our homes but pray in public. We need to have a Eucharistic Procession with a Rosary. This, of course, will take courage, humility and perseverance. So, if you are already trying to figure out how to juggle a busy schedule for that day, re-read the first paragraphs of this letter. Turn on your news channel. SEE with your motherly hearts the persecutions and picture yourself and your children on top of a mountain with no water or food, fearing for your life and the lives of your innocent children. As women, we have the courage and all of the graces needed within us to protect life. God did that for each of us before the beginning of time.
I urge you, call your priest! Ask for a Eucharistic procession with a Rosary. Ask your local Knights of Columbus Councils to get involved. This is an urgent call and a short time to prepare but with the help of Our Blessed Mother, this will happen, if you only do your small part.
- Call your Priest, talk to your Deacon and get both involved.
- Post this date and event on your Facebook Status
- Email every organization you are involved with (American Needs Fatima, KofC, Lay Apostolates, etc)
- Tell (do not ask, this is not an option) your family members that your family will be busy on Sunday, September 14 praying a public Rosary. Your kids should be armed with the Rosary as well as every member of your family.
- Visit the Facebook page, September 14, 2014 and log in your Eucharistic Procession and Rosary so that others can see where the event will be happening.
- GO- Call now and begin to PRAY for yourself and your family and our world.
“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” – Blessed Pope Pius IX
“I plead with you–never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.” –Saint Pope John Paull II
“The Rosary is THE weapon.” Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)