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Wow! We made it! Each day during the month of May we have been praying the rosary. Today is the last day. I have said at the start of many podcasts how gratifying this has been. As of May 25, we had people from 74 countries go to a Rosary Marathon page. Seven of those countries outside the United States had thousands of views. In the midst of bad news about the pandemic, about the conflict in the Middle East, I was reminded that my vocation, as well as yours, is to seek and strive after holiness.
In fact, while there is value in seeking God’s help in prayer, all prayer is as much about us and our growth in holiness as it is about anything else. Prayer for people during this pandemic represents a movement of our heart to see Christ in all people that suffer. Acknowledging the tremendous hardships of this pandemic is a way for us to recognize our own blessings. Prayer reminds us, as we pray for an end to the pandemic and for each other, reminds us that we are not alone. Many people I do not know have helped me by praying. Somehow, through the blessings of the Internet, which is not always a blessing, connections were made in prayer for all of us to grow in faith.
We know the message of the bible is primarily about God’s relentless actions to save us, to move our hearts. We do not need to do any work, or seek to earn God’s mercy or God’s grace. In fact, we simply cannot do anything to earn God’s grace. It is a free gift we accept. We also are reminded that we are connected to each other. Cain was told to be his brother’s keeper. David lamented that his sin had dire consequences for the people. Jesus told us that when we serve others we ultimately serve him. James tells us our faith cannot be alive if we do not serve others. Faith without good works is dead.
This rosary marathon has been a grace-filled reminder that we are never alone, that God is always with us, and more than anything, God wants us to live forever with him. As we end this Rosary Marathon, let us pray for the end of the pandemic and the resumption of our social and economic life.
Today’s Intention: For the end of the pandemic and the resumption of our social and economic life.