Question of the Day 1:
In the remaining days of Lent, who will you surround in prayer?
Denver Catholic reports that its local Planned Parenthood clinic was surrounded in prayer for more than an hour during a Eucharistic procession March 5. Organizers anticipated 500 to 800 people, and somewhere between 1,500 and 1,800 people showed up, requiring adjustments to the logistics. The group prayed as they processed with the Blessed Sacrament seven times around the city block where the clinic is located.
- Pray Locally with 40 Days for Life
- Watch procession video and a brief clip of the celebration of Holy Mass on-site
It is easy to pray for those whom we love and those whose suffering we would like to see relieved. The Sacred Heart of Jesus asks more of us. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus raises the bar of the Old Covenant, which had become external practices done for show, and points us to the Spirit of the Law, where internal movements and attitudes of the heart are a critical component of religious practice.
Scripture of the Day: Matthew 5:43–48
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Question of the Day 2:
Who else needs you to surround them in prayer? Who do you know who most needs to experience God’s love and mercy? Who has no one to pray for them?
Prayer of the Day:
This Lenten season may our hearts soften and expand and be conformed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May we have the courage to choose and witness to the sanctity of human life. As we make the Stations of the Cross, may we recall how Jesus forgave his persecutors, which includes us, and receive forgiveness. May we receive also the grace to forgive others as God has forgiven us.
Saints who Show us the Way:
If I were to meet the slave-traders who kidnapped me and even those who tortured me, I would kneel and kiss their hands, for if that did not happen, I would not be a Christian today.
The Lord has loved me so much: we must love everyone…we must be compassionate!
— Saint Josephine Bakhita (Sudanese, 1868–1947)