So, for the past week I’ve been in total Spring-cleaning mode.
Well, maybe not as bad as that, but I’ve been pretty preoccupied, nonetheless.
My mind has been so wrapped up in my chores I haven’t had the time to really meditate on very much. But then I went to Eucharistic Adoration the other day, and for an hour I forgot about the entire world outside the walls of the church.
My chores, work, the news, my to-do list. Everything. It was just a breath of fresh air for me, and a chance to re-focus myself on our merciful and loving God.
That evening, and the following day, as I took a gander at my newsfeed and on a world seemingly on the brink of collapse, I thought about the power of prayer.
Our Lady said in her last message (April 2, 2017):
Prayer will help you, because prayer saves you, prayer saves the world. Therefore, my children, pray with words, feelings, merciful love and sacrifice.
In all honesty, in the midst of my major cleaning-mode, these words of hers stayed in my mind. Even though I never gave it any further thought until now, I believed it, took it to heart, and kept it as a steady reminder whenever I, or someone close to me, started to feel overwhelmed by something.
It’s a very easy thing to forget as we go about our lives, but prayer is powerful. And the Blessed Mother’s words were a needed reminder of just that.
Prayer can save us. Prayer can save the world.
Imagine if everyone in the world did one Rosary a day? The forces of darkness would be destroyed completely!
How many times has Our Lady emphasized the importance and strength of prayer? From Fatima to now, she continues calling us to take arms; to pray, pray, pray.
April 25, 1992 – “Today also I invite you to prayer. Only by prayer and fasting can war be stopped…”
March 25, 1993 – “Today like never I call you to pray for peace, for peace in your hearts, peace in your families and peace in the whole world, because Satan wants war, wants lack of peace, wants to destroy all which is good. Therefore, dear children, pray, pray, pray.”
January 25, 2001 – “Once again, I repeat to you: only through prayer and fasting also wars can be stopped – wars of your unbelief and fear for the future.”
February 25, 2003 – “Also today I call you to pray and fast for peace. As I have already said and now repeat to you, little children, only with prayer and fasting can wars also be stopped.”
January 25, 1991 – “Today, like never before, I invite you to prayer. Let your prayer be a prayer for peace. Satan is strong and desires to destroy not only human life, but also nature and the planet on which you live. Therefore, dear children, pray that through prayer you can protect yourselves with God’s blessing of peace. God has sent me among you so that I may help you. If you so wish, grasp for the rosary. Even the rosary alone can work miracles in the world and in your lives.”
February 25, 1988 – “Therefore, dear children, do not be afraid. If you pray, Satan cannot injure you even a little bit because you are God’s children and He is watching over you. Pray and let the rosary always be in your hand as a sign to Satan that you belong to me.”
June 25, 1985 – “With the rosary you shall overcome all the adversities which Satan is trying to inflict on the Catholic Church. All you priests, pray the Rosary! Dedicate your time to the Rosary!”
August 8, 1985 – “Today I call you especially now to advance against Satan by means of prayer. Satan wants to work still more now that you know he is at work. Dear children, put on the armor for battle and with the Rosary in your hand defeat him!”
When we think of wars we tend to immediately picture military-type wars involving nations. Although the world is constantly under threat of such wars, there are also other wars we are facing that are just as sinister.
Wars against children and the unborn; against the sanctity of marriage, and families; against nature and truth; against the Church, and the priesthood; against God-given freedom, purity, peace, and virtue.
The battle between good and evil, God and the devil, come in various forms. The battlefield is not solely reduced to some foreign nation ridden with tanks and gunfire. The battles are in the homes, the families, the churches, the streets, the schools, or in the mind.
As St. Peter says, the enemy is constantly on the prowl in search of souls to devour [1 Peter 5:8]. The only way to keep vigil and overcome is to pray.
Pray, and also to believe.
“Have faith in God. In truth I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be pulled up and thrown into the sea,’ with no doubt in his heart, but believing that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. I tell you, therefore, everything you ask and pray for, believe that you have it already, and it will be yours…” [Mark 11:22-24]
Many times also in Medjugorje the Blessed Mother has said to “Believe, as if, too, see.” On one occasion, on June 29, 1981, the seers asked Our Lady for the healing of a 2 year-old boy, who was mute and unable to walk. Afterwards, visionary Jakov Colo reported Our Lady’s response: “Let his parents believe that he will be healed.”
Later that evening, as the boy’s family were returning home, they stopped at a restaurant. The boy banged on the table and said, “I want a drink.” Since then, he is now able to walk and talk.
Pray and believe.
We cannot offer our prayers up while in our hearts believe our efforts are mere gambles that only are in vain.
No. We must pray with love, mercy, feeling, sacrifice, and most of all, with faith. Even if it’s about the size of a mustard seed!
Our Blessed Lord warned us about the constant rumors of wars, and the struggles we were going to face. But with prayer and fasting as our arsenal we remain united with Him, and, by His grace, will overcome!
St. Maximilian Kolbe once said:
“Modern times are dominated by Satan and will be more so in the future. The conflict with hell cannot be engaged by men, even the most clever. The Immaculata alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. However, assumed into Heaven, the Mother of God now requires our cooperation. She seeks souls who will consecrate themselves entirely to her, who will become in her hands effective instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spreading of God’s kingdom upon earth.”
When you look at Fatima, Medjugorje, Garabandal, or Lourdes, you see precisely what St. Kolbe states. In the times when the world was on the brink of complete disarray (morally and politically), the Blessed Mother appears and calls us heavenward.
Her presence among us is in accordance with the will of the Father. He has sent her to call souls back to Him, and fight against evil. The fruits of Medjugorje alone show the plan of spreading God’s kingdom upon the earth; the conversions, confessions, returning to Holy Mass, the recitation of the Rosary, the miracles, and renewal of fasting.
If one is consecrated to the Immaculate Heart, he is also consecrated to the Sacred Heart. For the Mother keeps nothing for herself, and gives everything to her Son.
The Blessed Mother is here to teach her children how to be Knights for Christ.
That’s why the enemy is running amok in the world. His time is running short!
Let us pray today, and everyday (including after Lent!) because when we do we are saving ourselves, our families, and the whole world!
Pray, and believe!