Uniting our suffering with Jesus on the cross

What is this all about? What do we do with suffering, loss and sin? As Catholics, we have the answer. Unite our suffering with Jesus on the cross. Colossians 1:24 gives us the key according to St. Paul:

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is the Church.”

Christ’s sufferings were, of course, sufficient for our redemption, but all of us may add our suffering to his, in order that the fruits of his redemption be applied to all. We may even offer the pain we see in the world due to sin, division and a lack of grace – in reparation and union with Jesus.

Reparation is, by definition, the making of amends for wrong or injury done.

Reparation message from Fr. Patrick

When we speak about reparation, we are remembering that all sin has a negative impact on the person who commits the sin and on those around them. Between our own struggles to love God and love others and those we can see in our world today, we can easily perceive the need for reparation.

Our little prayers and sacrifices offered to God will undoubtedly have a deep impact that will only be fully known in heaven. Just as the saints in heaven remain very much united to us and offer us their assistance, we offer our assistance to one another through our prayers and sacrifices for the world today.

St. Francis Borgia reparation efforts

We are inviting the whole parish to a reparation effort.

Father Patrick has asked each parishioner to consider how we might “repent and believe.” Especially during this pandemic, it is an opportunity for all Christians to pray for the world – the sorrow, the sin, and the loss of so much grace. How can we change the world to be more like Christ, loving unconditionally? Uniting His Sacred Heart with ours – changing one heart, one prayer at a time.

Each parishioner can choose prayerfully discerned prayer, along with acts of love and sacrifice.

Parishioners are also asked to consider being part of a group of committed people who will offer Mass, fasting, prayers and more. Each small act of love and sacrifice is united to the superabundant love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The group is called the Sacred Heart Guild. To join the Saint Francis Borgia Parish Sacred Heart Guild or to make your own commitment to the prayer effort for reparation, see the Reparation flyer.

The effort of the Sacred Heart Guild includes offering Mass on any of these specific days:

  • First Friday of the month
  • First Saturday of the month
  • Novena of Masses for the Faithful Departed on the second Thursday evening of each month (Sept. 2020 through May 2021). The Masses will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the North Church.

All of these Masses provide an opportunity for reparation to make amends for grace lost during the pandemic.

Resources for prayer and reparation

Pray Intentionally

Devote a weekly holy hour, possibly in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

A Holy Hour for Healing
Holy Hour for Reparation and Healing for the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Commit to praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily or weekly
The Divine Mercy

Commit to saying the rosary daily or weekly
Rosary Center & Confraternity

Pray a Novena
How to Pray a Novena – A Visual Step By Step Guide
Novena of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sign up for novenas to come to your email and make your intention reparation for sinners.

Take part in First Friday & First Saturday Devotion:

First Friday Devotion is for the Reparation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
First Saturday Devotion is for the Reparation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
How to Observe First Fridays and First Saturdays

Locations for Friday and Saturday morning Mass:

Other Opportunities for Reparation

Fast one day per week, preferably Fridays
What’s the point of fasting, anyway?

Commit to monthly confession
Five Benefits of Frequent Confession

Commit to a new work of charity
The Importance of Charity Work for Catholics

Catholic Books for Reparation

Books for Consecration:

Consecration to Mary
How to Make Your St. Louis de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
33 Days to Morning Glory
In The End My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph

Consecration to St. Joseph
General information
Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father

Consecration to Jesus
Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Saint John Paul II

Consecration to the Father
Consecration to the Father through Jesus

Other Topics

Holy Hour of Reparation
This Holy Hour of Reparation prayerbook is a reprint of the original 1945 edition, known throughout the world to assist in mitigating the offenses against the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Holy Hour of Reparation for Boys and Girls
This booklet contains all the prayers necessary for children to make a holy hour of reparation before the Blessed Sacrament.

Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Additional Information