Monday, July 15, 2013

A Call to Prayer

Submitted by Mrs. Carol Cline, Candidate

Recently while praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Jesus showed me His Sacred Heart - filled with compassion and merciful love for His poor children. In this Heart we are all His little wounded ones - the ladies I met when counseling at Open Door Women’s Clinic, whose stories brought my heart to the brink of brokenness;  the young women like the one in the song of “Fancy” put simply, all the suffering souls of all generations, including myself.

I thought of the Father Mike Somer’s homily on the “Our Father” prayer. The emphasis was on the “our”.  Not “my” Father, but “our” Father. Our faith is always in community, not individually. No exclusions. Jesus came to die in order to save each and every soul, all of us. As a community, we make up the Mystical Body of Christ.  If anyone is missing, it is painful to all of us - as if a toe or finger or other body part had been cut off! This causes Jesus, and therefore each of us, agony.

We are called then to pray and implore for the salvation of all souls. Not only the good people, but also and even with greater supplication for the unrepentant and hardened souls. Our Holy Mother Mary, in Her appearances for over 30 years in Medjugorje, beseeches us, “Dear Children, pray, pray, pray!”  Let us heed her words and bring consolation to both the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary - let us Pray!