January 25, 2017 “Dear children! Today I am calling you to pray for peace: peace in human hearts, peace in the families and peace in the world. Satan is strong and wants to turn all of you against God, and to return you to everything that is human, and to destroy in the heart all feelings towards God and the things of God. You, little children, pray and fight against materialism, modernism and egoism, which the world offers to you. Little children, you decide for holiness and I, with my Son Jesus, intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
My prayer in response:
Dear Heavenly Mother of all children,
We hear you. We hear your cry for peace and we cry out with you for peace today. We know how real this need is as we look at our own countries and see the lack of peace. We see the hatred and violence more and more in our own communities and throughout the world. We see the need for peace in our own families which is where we really need to begin being people of peace who are foremost forgiving and patient and kind to those who share the same roof over our heads.
We pray for the peace that penetrates the core of our being, and for true compunction of heart that pierces to the quick.
Help us to remember "the weapon whose point is keen enough to penetrate the innermost depths of the soul." And as "St. Paul tells us there is 'a sword of the Spirit which is the word of God' (Eph. 6:17) 'For the word of God...is living and effectual, more piercing than any two-edged sword: reaching unto the division of soul and spirit, of the joints also and marrow.' " Dom Germain Morin
Mother, you tell us Satan is trying to destroy us by turning all of us against God so give us, we pray, an increase in the graces to stand as warriors in this battle for holiness and follow the narrow way. Teach us to put on the full armor of God so we are able "to stand firm against the tactics of the devil" as Paul taught the Ephesians: "with our loins girded in truth, clothed in righteousness as a breastplate, and our feet shod in readiness with the gospel of peace...holding faith as a shield to quench the flaming arrows of the evil one...taking the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Eph 6:10-17
Thank you for interceding for us, Mary Queen of Peace, and tell our dear Lord, your Son Jesus, how much we love him and thank him for interceding for us too. It is our great pleasure to be your children.