Thanks for all who came to the Mass and Holy Hour on Labor day in Reparation for the sins of the clergy. Your support and desire to stand with Jesus is inspiring. At the Mass, I mentioned a commitment to a new ministry: the ministry of Reparation. And last week I wrote in this space about the principle of reparation, whereby through prayer or acts of devotion we intend to to expiate the “sins of others.”
So what would a ministry of reparation look like? I envision it being a commitment to prayer and penance offered for this intention. Specifically, I’d like to ask you to consider a one year commitment:
1. A day of fasting each week.
2. A committed hour of adoration each week.
3. A daily Rosary.
4. One day of recollection / prayer for members of the ministry — maybe in Lent?
Why is it important that these be commitments? Because perseverance in grace is everything. Grievous sins take place in the darkness, away from healing and revealing light. Sinners count on darkness covering their unspeakable sins. We must shed light on sin. And with Jesus, we must make it our mission to love and sacrifice when we are most exhausted, most bored, least desiring to persevere, when no one will see but Jesus. It is in those moment that we are most perfectly configured to Jesus Christ crucified.
Jesus, in his greatest night of agony asked the apostles if they would stay awake with him for an hour. Will you? Jesus ‘needs’ souls willing to love Him back for the immense love with which he saves us.
24 people signed up to make this commitment at the Holy Hour and Mass. If you are willing to make this commitment, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on the number of folks willing to commit, we may be able to expand our adoration hours. Wouldn’t that be great?