Friday, September 14, 2012

Start praying today

The election is in 54 days.

To many, that might sound like an arbitrary number. However it is an important number when it comes to praying for a special intention. Fifty-four days represents six sets of nine days of prayer.
notice apostles, Mary and other women,
just like scripture says

The Acts of the Apostles chapters 1 and 2 recounts the story of Peter as he led the Apostles in prayer and preparation for their ministry after the ascension of Jesus. The time between the ascension of Jesus and the Pentecost was a period of nine days. Since that time, the Church has taken nine days of prayer to be an especially powerful period to plead with our dear Lord for a particular intention.

But, pay special attention to Acts 1:14
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Mary-- the mother of Christ-- is mentioned specifically as present during this period of prayer. During His earthly life, no other person was as close to Jesus as His own mother, just as any mother shares a special closeness to her beloved children. Just like a Queen has a special sway over the decisions of a King, Mary has a special sway over the decisions of her son, Christ the King.

(Don't forget that thanks to polygamy, in ancient times, it was often the mother of the King who was the Queen, not always one of the wives. Hence, we consider Mary to be the Queen of Heaven.)

So, when we pray for a special intention-- like the Apostles did in obeying Christ's command to pray and wait for the Holy Spirit-- it is a good idea to ask Mary to accompany us through the prayer vigil. She has a powerful sway over the Heart of Jesus.

Our country needs so much prayer. Yes, we deserve every evil that comes our way-- especially for the horrific crime of abortion, the longest lasting, most violent war in American history. Over 55 million causalities since legalization in 1973. Unlike other armed conflicts, the War on the Unborn isn't a fair fight. While innocent civilians die in any war, that's never the target. In the War on the Unborn, it's a defenseless, voiceless, innocent little child who is the target of the war tactics of the pro-abortion ideology. 

So, going back to our 54 days of prayer that we are starting today: for Catholics, it is especially important and powerful to pray the Rosary. If you're not Catholic, add a "Memorare" prayer to your other prayers for our Country.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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