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Americans: Join Us in Prayer for Our Nation
July 4, 2018
“Let us always keep before our eyes the fact that here on earth we are on a battlefield and that in paradise we shall receive the crown of victory.” – Padre Pio
All great saints and holy teachers of the faith testify that the spiritual life is a continual warfare against three enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil.
In this warfare, there is no respite, for our enemies are relentless. At stake is our own souls, but also the souls of others. There can be no retreat and no surrender.
But in this warfare we are not helpless. Chief among the weapons in our spiritual arsenal is prayer. We can call to our aid the saints and angelic armies, the Blessed Mother, and our Lord Jesus Christ. We are guaranteed the victory.
Looking at the state of our Church, our nation and our world, it is obvious that we need to pray. While it is true that there are many cultural and political forces working against all that is good and true, our ultimate enemies are spiritual. As St. Paul makes clear, “We are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).
For this reason, I am joining with Roman Catholic Man and Battle Ready to invite American readers to pray the 54 Day Novena for our Nation beginning August 15. You will join tens of thousands of others across the country in praying for the conversion of our nation to holiness and true faith. The novena will conclude with a Rosary rally at our nation’s capitol on October 7. (Don’t worry, attendance at the really is certainly not required to participate in the novena.)
Leading up to the novena, Fr. Rick, myself, and other writers will be sharing some reflections on growing in virtue and holiness. We hope you’ll join us.