Join others on Ash Wednesday (and beyond) for a day of prayer and fasting for Ukraine
“My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine. Despite the diplomatic efforts of the last few weeks, increasingly alarming scenarios are opening up. Like me, many people all over the world are feeling anguish and concern. Once again the peace of all is threatened by partisan interests. I would like to appeal to those with political responsibility to examine their consciences seriously before God, who is the God of peace and not of war; who is the Father of all, not just of some, who wants us to be brothers and not enemies. I pray that all the parties involved refrain from any action that would cause even more suffering to the people, destabilising coexistence between nations and bringing international law into disrepute.
And now I would like to appeal to everyone, believers and non-believers alike. Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God’s weapons, with prayer and fasting. I invite everyone to make next 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.” Read the full statement here.—Pope Francis
Prayer - talk and listen to God as we would a close friend
Daily personal conversational prayer is essential for our relationship with Jesus. And growing in personal prayer helps us to open our hearts more to benefits we receive, especially every time we partake in the Eucharist or the sacrament of reconciliation.
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Pray to end abortion
40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses.
3 ways Catholics can respond to gun violence - pray, reflect and act
- Pray - prayer does two things. First it reminds up that our response to violence must always be grounded in love and mercy of Christ. Second it keeps us from despair and gives us hope when we trust our lives to God.
- Reflect - discern how you are being called to action by reflecting on Jesus in the Gospels, the teaching of the Church and the lives of saints. Be informed.
- Act - at the end of Mass, we are commissioned to "go in peace, glorifying the Lord by [our] life." This statement invites us to put faith into action by the daily works of our lives.