As I mentioned in my homily last weekend (Aug. 25-26), we are in a time of crisis in the Church. In times of crisis in the Church, we are reminded of our need to grow in holiness. There are elements beyond our control in all of this and we have a long road ahead of us in rooting out these evils in the Church. However, no matter what happens, we have the power of prayer.
I invite you to join in praying for reparation for these evils – and evil is the only fitting word. I invite you to pray for healing for victims, for an end to evil influences, for just punishment and restrictions upon perpetrators, for fidelity on the part of the clergy, and for the whole Church to be healed.
I invite you to do this in any way you see fit, but here are three suggestions:
- Novena prayer. A novena is typically a prayer that is done over a period of nine days, but can be repeated beyond those nine days. You can craft your own prayer to say as a novena, otherwise visit this site: https://goo.gl/trxBip
- Fasting. I invite each of us to fast for at least nine Fridays with the intention of reparation for these evils. You can determine what type of fast you’d like to do. Some ideas can be found on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website: https://goo.gl/KyqEQz
- Eucharistic Adoration. Jesus Christ is fully present in the Eucharist and so prayer in front of the Eucharist is especially powerful. You can do this in several ways:
-On Fridays through Oct. 19, we will open the South Church (downtown Cedarburg) from 11 p.m. until 12 a.m. for a Holy Hour of Reparation. The late hour is intended to be a sacrifice. PLEASE JOIN US for this at some point. Fridays are difficult nights for me with weekend Masses, but the sacrifice is worth it.
-We have Eucharistic Adoration at our parish on Mondays from the end of morning Mass until 7 p.m. Adoration takes place at the North Church. Additionally, our school children visit the church for Adoration on Fridays from 12:30 until 3 p.m. You are welcome to join them.
You may also stop by the North Church to pray any time from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Remember: Jesus Christ does not abandon his Church. As we continue to receive difficult news and the Church deals with many problems and questions yet to be resolved, let’s turn our hearts to him trusting in the power of prayer.
– Fr. Patrick Burns