We all need prayer, but some more than others … Tuesday, June 18

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A Rosary Meditation … The Forth Sorrowful Mystery, the Carrying of the Cross. “I saw the Holy Father in a very big house, kneeling by a table, with his head buried in his hands, and he was weeping. Outside the house, there were many people. Some of them were throwing stones, others were cursing him and using bad language. Poor Holy Father, we must pray very much for him.” – Jacinta, (child-seer of Fatima, Portugal).

Think for a moment about the current condition of the world. I could go into great detail as to the evils we’re surrounded with but the short version is this: “Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20. This is exactly what the world does. Murdering an innocent child, for example, is termed “terminating a pregnancy” and this impersonal wording somehow makes infanticide alright. The list goes on. And all of this? All of this is a cross that Christians, the real ones, carry daily. And of all the Christians who carry these crosses the one they weigh the heaviest on is the one Jesus left in charge. Which is why I gave the above quote. If you’re unfamiliar with Fatima and the message delivered to Christians there, a message from God and brought to us by His Mother, you might like to Google the subject a little latter. But my point here is simple. We all carry crosses in this modern world. Nothing about being “modern” or “progressive” changes the world’s fallen nature. Some carry a greater burden than others given the ministry God has intrusted them with. And our duty to these people is clear. The Church at this very moment, all over the world, faces greater persecution and demonic threats, from outside and, regrettably, from within than ever before.


Today …

St. Gregory Barbarigo

St. Gregory Barbarigo was born in 1625, of a very old and distinguished Venetian family. A brilliant student, he embraced a diplomatic career and accompanied the Venetian Ambassador, Contarini, to the Congress of Munster in 1648. Then he became a priest and was soon thereafter consecrated as the first Bishop of Bergamo by Pope Alexander VII. Later on he was elevated to the rank of Cardinal and also given authority over the diocese of Padua. He guided his flock with pastoral wisdom and deep understanding. St. Gregory Barbarigo worked unceasingly in carrying out the reforms set forth by the Council of Trent. Through his efforts the seminaries of both Bergamo and Padua were substantially enlarged. At Padua he also added a library and a printing press. He died in 1697. Think about it. Our saint worked to implement positive, God-given change that was the result of the Council of Trent. Every Council has given rise to small groups of schismatics, trouble makers, honestly confused people, and some who are simply of evil intent. Every Pope since Vatican II can attest to this. Everything that’s happened, all of the negatives fostered by both false brethren and the honest ones who are confused, fall on the shoulders of our current Holy Father. Pray that Saint Gregory intercede for our good Pope Francis. He needs all the help he can get and I’ll bet Gregory knows more about that, from experience, than we do.

Prayer … Changes things. If there was no need for change there would be less need for prayer.