A Call to Fast and Cry Out to God
In response to the martyrdom of Father Jacques Hamel, and for all the innocents killed out of hatred for our faith, tomorrow, Friday, July 29, may every Catholic respond to the call of the French bishops to fast and pray.
May we fast out of love for our faith, with sorrow for our sins and gratitude for God’s mercy, which awaits all who desire and seek it.
May we fast for all the times we failed to help those we could have helped, those who looked to us for mercy. Let us in the West repent of our complacency and self-indulgence that made us deaf and blind to the needs of others, most especially Muslims, Christians, and Yazidis killed, enslaved, tortured, and raped by radical Islamic terrorists who desire nothing but violence and domination.
Let us fast on behalf of those elected officials in our federal government who promote and condone the killing of innocent unborn children.
May God fill us with courage to sacrifice whatever we must to build a civilization of love.
May we fast for those who don’t see a need to fast. Let us understand better how to use the passing things of this world to grow in holiness, and to discard all that distracts us from our mission.
May people of all faiths be inspired to join the fast for peace.
May our prayer be bold, hopeful, and expectant that God of Mercy will respond to our unified cry and acts of repentance and heal us.
- Read French Bishops: Fast with us on Friday over priest killed in hatred of the faith (NC Register)
- Read Bishops counter Rouen attack with promise to build “civilization of love” (Crux)
- Read Fr Hamel was martyred “in odium fide,” says Archbishop Fisher (Catholic Herald)
- Read A priest is slaughtered at Mass in rural France. This is what life is like for Christians in the Middle East (Catholic Herald)
Questions of the Day
(Damian Thompson article “A priest is slaughtered…“)
- If I were to mention the Baghdad church massacre of October 31, 2010, how many of them would know what I was talking about? Come to that, how many Catholics are familiar with the details?
- Will the blood of a martyr spilt on an altar so close to home finally awake Christendom from its torpor?
Old Testament Scripture of the Day:
Isaiah’s Cry on Behalf of the People (64:4; 6–8)
Would that you might meet us doing right,
that we might be mindful of you in our ways!
Indeed, you are angry; we have sinned,
we have acted wickedly,
There are none who call upon your name,
none who rouse themselves to take hold of you;
For you have hidden your face from us
and have delivered us up to our crimes.
Yet, Lord, you are our father;
we are the clay and you are our potter:
we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be so very angry, Lord,
do not remember our crimes forever;
look upon us, who are all your people.
Prayer of the Day:
In the Name of the Whole Christian People
We beg you, Master,
be our help and strength.
Save those among us who are oppressed,
have pity on the lowly, and lift up the fallen.
Heal the sick, bring back the straying,
and feed the hungry.
Release those in prison, steady those who falter,
and strengthen the fainthearted.
Let all nations come to know You the one God,
with Your Son Jesus Christ,
and us Your people and the sheep of Your pasture.
Do not keep count of the sins of Your servants
but purify us through the bath of Your truth
and direct our steps.
Help us to walk in holiness of heart,
and to do what is good and pleasing in Your eyes,
and in the eyes of our rulers.
Master, let Your face shine on us
to grant us every good in peace,
to protect us by Your powerful hand,
to deliver us from every evil by the might of Your arm,
and to save us from the unjust hatred of our enemies.
Grant to us and to all who dwell on this earth
peace and harmony, O Lord.
— Saint Clement I (c. 38–101, Roman missionary and fourth pope)
#426, New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book
Verse of the Day: Psalm 51:19
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not spurn.