Agenzia Fides has a short article about a Filipino bishop asking the people to pray a rosary a day until their elections. I think everyone should do this. We could do this for our own elections.
Reminding the people of the power of prayer, the Filipino Bishops urge the faithful to pray the rosary every day until the elections of May 9. "Pray the mysteries of joy, light, sorrow and glory every day, until May 9. Pray for the family. Pray while you are traveling. Pray in offices and factories. Pray in the world for our national elections", says His Exc. Mgr. Socrates B. Villegas, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan and President of the Bishops' Conference, in a message published today, April 15. The text, sent to Fides, emphasizes "the power of prayer" and its "ability to influence major events", as seen in the history of the country. "Our best contribution – say the Bishops - is to pray so that the Lord of history guides every voter and guides each candidate". "May God enlighten our decisions. God can hinder the plans of evil men and women who want to destroy social order. God can give us the best leaders for the good of all", says the statement. "With the power of the rosary, we can stop the evil of electoral violence and fraud. With the power of the rosary, we can win the battle for peaceful and credible elections". "Let the rosary melt our hardened hearts and arrogant lips", he concludes. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 15/04/2016)
Today at Mass, the celebrant told an interesting story. I can't verify it, though. The gospel was the one about Lazarus coming out of the tomb. The priest was talking about Martha's faith. Jesus asked her, "Dost thou believe?" Then the priest tied "faith" to people's beliefs about death. Martha believed all shall be "resurrected, on the last day." Well, it turns out, that many believe this, no matter what they say.
Father said that in 1982, Leonid Brezhnev died. He was the leader of atheistic, communist, Russia. At his funeral, full of military accolades, accouterments, etc., with his coffin surrounded by soldiers, Leonid's wife, Viktoria, trace the sign of the cross on his chest, just before the lid of the coffin was closed.
Remember, this an atheist, communist country. She did this in public. How's that for witnessing?
Here I am in Ireland with a bunch of religiously impaired people. And today is Sunday. From the plans they were devising I knew Mass wasn't on the schedule. I mentioned going to Mass but they said "We're going to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock Wednesday. You will have all the church you want then.
So, We were planning on going shopping in Claddagh. We parked along the harbor and we're walking to the shopping district when I saw a Dominican friar at the entrance of a church greeting people!
Suddenly, words came out of my mouth.
"Hey! Look. I'm going to Mass, come back in an hour.