photo“As you may know, Pope Francis has proclaimed tomorrow, September 7, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world. He reminds us that peace is a precious gift that needs to be promoted and protected… You may wonder what difference our small acts of prayer and fasting will make in the face of such great suffering of the people of Syria and the Middle East. How might our prayer affect the deliberations of Congress? … Prayer is neither useless nor selfish. It flows from one’s filial relationship with God. In uniting our prayer with that of our brothers and sisters through the Catholic World, our prayer truly becomes universal and a sign of hope for the world. The Holy Father explains that “humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!

As is traditional during times of intense prayer, we are asked to combine our prayer with fasting. Fasting disciplines the passions in a way that enables us to focus more intently on prayer. This practice reminds us of our utter dependence on God for the gift of peace and puts us in solidarity with the suffering people of Syria.”

– See more at: http://cardinalsblog.adw.org/2013/09/joined-in-a-prayer-for-peace/#sthash.KpmNkpcA.dpuf

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(corner of 5th and Gold St.)

9:30 a.m. Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration until 12 noon

St. Paul the Apostle Parish (9055 Atlin Drive)
28-hour period of Adoration: Fri., Sept. 6th, 12:30 p.m. thru Sat. 5:30 p.m., Sept. 7th
Adoration will be held in the Shrine to Our Lady of the Rosary

LINKS:

Facts about Fasting

USCCB on Syria

CNS – Praying for Peace in Syria blog