Monday, August 29, 2011

Pray for marriage

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force.
Matthew 11:12
Mary - Jesus - St. John the Baptist
A month ago I highlighted an effort to introduce a National Day of Prayer for Marriage on August 29. Unfortunately, the effort did not receive very much popular support. I don't think we have to wait for this to become a huge event. The need is certainly clear for just this type of action.

So even if it is just a handful of us. Let's take the time to pray for the Holy Sacrament of Marriage. And in fact I would say that this should be a World Day of Prayer for Marriage. Because the scope of the problem the Church faces is international and indeed affects people of every nation in the world. Let this just be the beginning of our constant prayer vigil for marriage. The same way we would pray for any dear loved one that was faced with a life threatening illness, this is the way that we need to pray for marriage.

Pray for marriage.
Pray for the unborn.
Pray for young people.
Pray for those with same-sex attraction.
Pray for those addicted to pornography.
Pray for the children.
Pray for the Church.
Pray for the bishops.
Pray for the priests.
Pray for the nuns.
Pray for the lay people.
Pray for those using artificial birth control.
Pray for married couples.
Pray for those who are engaged in unmarried sex.
Pray for those trapped in a life of prostitution.
Pray for those addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Pray for those seduced by the culture of death
Pray for those who are slaves of lust.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill their hearts with Christ's message of peace, hope and love.
Amen.

Today is the memorial day of the beheading of St. John the Baptist. He was put to death because he preached against King Herod's sexual immorality.

St. John the Baptist, pray for us.

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I highly recommend this article which addresses many of these issues:
The slavery of lust

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