Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Join Us for the 24th International Week of Prayer and Fasting

Children's Rosary held at the 21st International Week and of Prayer
and Fasting Vigil at the National Shrine  of the Immaculate Conception in DC 2013
Consider joining us in this years 24th International Week of Prayer and Fasting.  This week of prayer and fasting for Peace, the Protection of life and the conversion of Nations has received support and blessings from such individuals as St. John Paul II, St Teresa of Calcutta and Pope Francis.  

The Children's Rosary has participated for the past three years.  Beginning in 2013 with a group of children traveling by bus to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC to lead a Children's Rosary at the kick off vigil.  We have continued our involvement by participating each year in the prayers and fasting.  

This week of prayer and fasting will extend from October 2 -10. We hope many of the members of the Children's Rosary will consider being a part of this.  

We would like to humbly ask you to include two additional intentions for your week of prayer and fasting:

May Our Lady's plan for you, your family, the Children's Rosary and how the Children's Rosary affects the world be realized.
May the Children's Rosary, their families, those associated with the Children's Rosary including our priests, Bishops and Our Holy Father the Pope be the extended hands of Our Blessed Mother and Her Son.  May we gather a great many souls especially young people for the Lord.

While many will be fasting on bread and water individuals especially children may consider smaller renunciations that are age appropriate such as sweets or other little sacrifices.

We have found over the past few years more and more members of the Children's Rosary participating.  Families have written that both parents and children have joined in for the week of prayer and fasting.

Pope's have also spoken of the benefits of the holy practice of fasting:

Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the value of fasting in his message for Lent on Feb 25th 2009

The faithful practice of fasting contributes, moreover, to conferring unity to the whole person, body and soul, helping to avoid sin and grow in intimacy with the Lord.

Fasting certainly bring benefits to physical well-being, but for believers, it is, in the first place, a “therapy” to heal all that prevents them from conformity to the will of God.
By freely embracing an act of self-denial for the sake of another, we make a statement that our brother or sister in need is not a stranger.
Other Posts You May Enjoy:
Reflections from the International Prayer Vigil 2013
Beautiful Gifts We Received Following the Week of Prayer and Fasting 2014

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