Pope Francis has requested all Catholics to fast and pray for peace tomorrow, Sat Sept. 7 September 6, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Papa, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
A commenter asked me if I knew of any planned activities at local parishes regarding Pope Francis’ request for universal fasting and prayers for peace (made in regard to our sad president’s attempts to rebuild his shattered credibility by bombing a country in the midst of a fratricidal civil war, a war being waged by radical islamists) tomorrow, Sept. 7. The only one I know of is that Mater Dei is having Adoration from noon till 5:15 in support of this request from the Holy Father. For what may be going on at other parishes, you could check your local parish bulletin, but I would not be surprised if most do not have any special activities in response to this request.
A frequent reader sent me these suggestions for actions to take in response to the Holy Father’s request, which I’ll add to below:
As many of you know, Pope Francis has declared this Saturday, Sept. 7 as a day to pray and fast for peace.
Everyone can participate, even if you don’t pray or go to church [This is true. The Holy Father has responsibility for the spiritual care not only of all Catholics, but all souls on Earth. All can participate in this effort to pray for peace, and the end of this nakedly politically motivated attempt to restore a broken presidency's credibility by killing some dirty foreigners.]
(1) give up alcohol for the day and offer it up for peace in the world [no problem! Almost 7 years, thanks be to God!]
(2) fast from the internet/facebook or other social media sites [ohhh.....good one. Out, danged phone!]
(3) don’t turn on the radio while driving in the car or refrain from going to the movies [that happened a looong time ago]
(4) make a donation to a charity, a soup kitchen or those who help the homeless in the name of peace [or volunteer your time!]
(5) help an elderly person you know – volunteer your services for an hour or 2 or a half-day
(1) follow the same guidelines as Good Friday. No meat. 2 small meals and nothing in between, except liquids [I read some traditional Catholics are planning a liquid fast from sundown Friday until after Mass on Sunday. I wish my medical condition (which is not bad, don't worry, I'm doing ok, just having some annoying/minor problems) would allow for that]
(2) refrain from all alcohol
(3) pray the Rosary for peace and the Holy Father’s intentions [brilliant idea]
(4) go to an adoration chapel for a holy hour
(5) get thee to Holy Mass!
(6) pray the Stations of the Cross
All those are great, and thanks to MJD for sending them. I would also remind that First Friday Adoration at the Carmelite Chapel is tonight, and runs until Saturday morning. The nuns will surely storm Heaven! Joining the nuns at the chapel would be a wonderful way to answer the Holy Father’s request.
Other ideas for Catholics:
Read the Bible for an hour
Do some other spiritual reading for an hour or some period of time
Pray the Breviary/Liturgy of the Hours. Have the Holy Father’s intentions as your intentions for all the Hours.
Pray a familiy Rosary
Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at a church or oratory
Join Code Pink [heh.......]
If you can’t fast a great deal on Saturday, eat bland foods or foods you don’t really like
Donate money to a charity that primarily serves those in other countries
As MJD said, assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
I am out of time, add your own below if you like. I wasn’t very creative. God bless!