My dear Friends, To see the lavish way in which Jesus brings healing is something we become too accustomed to. Did you notice in the gospel his discreet and gentle way of taking this deaf man away from the noise and chaos of the crowd? How he invested his full attention in this “disposable one”? How incarnational his method of healing is? How he groaned to set this man free? Ephphatha – Be opened!
You and I have speech impediments. We are deaf. We sometimes revel in the self-pity and noise of the crowds. We need an incarnational intervention with the Carpenter of Nazareth, with the Prince of Peace.
I know so many of you want to act – to clean up the Church – to begin to redeem the wrongs and put things right. So do I. I feel something new desires to break through in our Church, yet I cannot place my finger on it. I only know that some time of focused prayer – for reparation and discernment – has to be our first step. So, please join me:
This Thursday, September 13th from 3-4 a.m. (that’s not a typo!) at St. Mary’s lower church for a simple time of adoration and reparation before the Blessed Sacrament. Priests around the world have agreed to pray at 3 am in their respective churches.
This Friday, September 14th from 7-8 p.m. at St. Augustine’s again for a simple time of adoration and reparation.
Tuesday, September 25th (time TBD) in prayer before the relics of St. Padre Pio at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
St. Augustine, St. Cloud, and Our Blessed Mother, graciously intercede for us!