PRAYING TO CHANGE THE CULTURE
My Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Renewal,
I'd like to echo the invitation of Archbishop Cordileone and the rest of the Catholic Bishops of the United States to advance a movement for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance and sacrifice. Prayers and acts of penance and sacrifice have always been the source of strength for the heroes and champions of our faith. By their lives of prayer and penance, they were able to bring about transformation in the society and culture of their time. As we face similar challenges today, we are once again encouraged to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life, marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. This call to prayer is prompted by the recent disregard of life through senseless killings and abortions, the HHS Mandate, which would require religious employers to provide employee benefits that are judged to be immoral, and a culture intent on redefining marriage. Our Bishops' invitation to prayer and sacrifice hopes to increase awareness of the Church's challenges and build spiritual stamina among us so that we can be effective and joyful witnesses of the New Evangelization during this Year of Faith and beyond.
Attached is the article, "Praying To Change The Culture", that appeared in Catholic San Francisco. I'd encourage you to read the beautiful write-up that outlines clearly what we should do during this Year of Faith. As members of the SF Renewal, let us support the call of our Bishops by inviting our own families, friends and prayer groups in joining our respective parishes and communities through the following:
- (1) Eucharistic Adoration;
- (2) Prayers of the Faithful at Mass;
- (3) Praying the Rosary;
- (4) Fasting & Abstinence on Fridays; and
- (5) Fortnight For Freedom in June/July.
Thank you and may the Holy Spirit continue to strengthen us in making our faith visible and relevant in the world we live in.
Fr. Ray –
Rev. Raymund Reyes – Liaison,
San Francisco Archdiocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal