Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Pray! Pray a Great Deal!

The First Good News of the Day: Today (Ash Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008), we began another 54 Day Rosary Novena!

We pray for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for the collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for all Keeping It Catholic (KIC) members, their families, friends and associates, and for whatever intentions may arise during the course of the Novena. Prayer requests (while welcome), are not necessary, because God knows what are or will become your intentions during this time.

Among many other works, KIC is dedicated to spreading devotion to Our Lady's Rosary because Our Heavenly Mother has often asked mankind to do so. Our Lady of Fatima instructed all of her children, "Pray the Rosary every day."

Among other things, she also said, "Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them."We know that we are all are sinners, and so we must do works ofpenance for ourselves and others, especially during the weeks of Lent.

Finally, let us do as the Angel of Fatima instructed the shepherd children, the Blessed Jacina and Francisco and the dear, departed Sr. Lucia dos Santos, who was also promised the attainment of heaven by Our Lady:

"Pray! Pray a great deal! The hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you! Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices."

"Offer up everything within your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended; and of supplications for the conversion of sinners. Thus invoke peace upon your country. I am her Guardian Angel, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings that the Lord may send you."

In the love of Christ and His Virgin Mother,
Marianna Bartold
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