2013-09-14

Save the Children, Save the Future

My husband and I pray daily for the unborn. What began as a commitment to a simple prayer for each unborn child for a period of nine months, has now ensured the lives of fourteen babies (we each prayed for seven). Immediately upon finishing, we began again, together, for an additional fourteen unborn children. 

Today, I found this article online about the legalization of non-physician abortions, and I can see that things are going from bad to worse. But, I really should not be surprised because the actions of those political figures represent another step lower in the fall of our western culture. You see, when children are killed, there are no families. When there are no families, there is no future.

 If you can spare just moments a day, to spiritually adopt an unborn child, you will literally help rebuild our culture. Blessed Fulton Sheen speaks eloquently about the nature of love in this conversation well worth listening to and sharing.



 




For his perspective on contraception is conveyed in this video and well worth listening to.



God bless,

Peter's Bride

2013-09-06

Prayers for Syria: The Nuns Tell It Like It Is

It is easy to get caught up in the rhetoric on the TV and the glaring drum beat of war, all in the name of "justice," but we must not forget the men, women and children who live with the very real fear that they could be bombed.

A group of Trappistine Nuns living in a remote part of Syria let off a little steam recently and in doing so, they apparently captured the feelings of many in their small community, if not the world, who wonder,  

Will we be bombed today?

Please, offer your voice up in prayer and body in fasting, this Saturday, September 7th, for an end to strife and the avoidance of military intervention.


God of Compassion, Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace. 
God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all. 
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace and Light of the World.
Amen 
(Please click on title of prayer for source)
 In peace,

Peter's Bride

2013-09-05

Prayer and Sacrifice for Syria

"Let us pray for peace: peace in the world and in each of our hearts." - Pope Francis

As mentioned in the previous posting, Pope Francis has declared Saturday, September 7th, to be a world day of prayer and fasting for Syria and its people. 

People will gather in St. Peter's Square on this day in Eucharistic Adoration, to pray the rosary, and offer sacrifices through fasting. The Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Hassou, spiritual leader of Sunni Islam, has requested to be present in St. Peter's square on this day.

No doubt, this event will be live-streamed and covered by Catholic TV stations. Please join the Pope and Christians all throughout the world. The future of Syria, Syrian Christians, and ultimately, humanity, need all the prayers we can offer.

In peace,

Peter's Bride

2013-09-02

Worldwide Day of Prayer for Syria, September 7th

Pope Francis calls all Catholics and, indeed, the world, to pray for Syria. As you may already know, there was a recent gas attack on a town that left many women and children dead. 


On Saturday, September 7th, please join Pope Francis and the world-wide Catholic Christian community in prayer for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis, for the victims of the lethal gas attack, and for their families as they come to terms with their loss.

God bless,

Peter's Bride

2013-09-01

Birthday Reflections

Thirty years ago today, my dear, late mother drove me to university. It was my 18th birthday, as well, and I was so excited to take this next step into adulthood. I was filled with the same hope most other young men and women are filled with at this age. 

As I look back, I wonder, what has happened? How have we gone from a society so technologically advanced, so aware of the prior errors of previous generations (i.e. slavery, maltreatment of those with disabilities, etc.), to what we are now, on the verge of a new kind of dark ages?

If I sound old and warn, I am not, I promise. I am one of the most hope-filled individuals you could meet. However, the headlines of late, leave me feeling weary. The cry for tolerance of the last 50 years or so, has led to a lack of tolerance. The emphasis on freedom, has led to a restriction of freedom. The promotion of freedom of thought, has been hampered by a restriction of thought.

Today, people are being stripped of their livelihood because they are trying to live according to their beliefs, people are being terrorized for their faith, and the symbols of faith are on the verge of being stricken from the public square in even the most Christian of countries.

Oh, this is not news, you say? 

This is true. These incidents have been happening for years and are now increasingly frequent. There is a kind of wrath against Christianity that can only mean one thing:


Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.








 
Blessings,

Peter's Bride