Sunday, October 6, 2013

50 Days of Prayer - Day 44

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Day Forty-Four

Vanishing Witness

The Witness has vanished, indeed.

Yesterday we prayed the Conversion of St. Paul, and we reflected upon conversion in general.  We are coming to the end of our long preparation for the worldwide consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  We are about to reflect upon the remaining mysteries of the Rosary - all of which have to do with heaven and the coming of the Kingdom - things which are hard to imagine.

So we must ask ourselves, how does this all come together?  How do we witness in a world where Christian witness is absent - across the board?

Most lay Catholics live like all other members of society: they divorce at the same rate, fornicate at the same rate, have abortions at the same rate.  Clergy Catholics are often similarly secularized.  And bishops?  Well ... at least the Bishop of Rome is stirring us up!

So what do we do?  How do we take this great patrimony, these great events in Salvation History that form our meditations - which began with the Immaculate Conception and will end only with His Second Coming - how do we take the Sacraments and the grace that God keeps pouring out to us all - including the Body and Blood of Christ - how do we take all of this and share it?

By living love.  By imitating Christ.

When we become saints, the vanishing witness will have reappeared.

And that we can do regardless of how anyone else behaves around us.

Let us pray ...

To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.

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