Pope to Bless the World

By Chris Sparks

The Holy Father continues to take extraordinary action to unleash the graces from the Church’s treasury into the world in response to this present pandemic.

Pope Francis has invited all Christians to join him in prayer on Wednesday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, by praying the Our Father.

He’s also invited all to join him in a special prayer service on Friday, March 27, by watching or listening online, on TV, or on the radio. According to Vatican News, “The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing ‘to the City [of Rome] and to the World’ is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.”

These moments of prayer and unity are important ways to fulfill our Lord’s demand for works of mercy, given to us through St. Faustina Kowalska, the Secretary and Apostle of the Divine Mercy. Jesus said to St. Faustina, “[S]piritual mercy, which requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul. If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy” (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 1317).

So let us pitch in during these uniquely difficult times and do our part in union with the Holy Father to let in God and all of Heaven. Let’s welcome divine intervention for us and for the whole world, asking Heaven for mercy in union with all our Christian brethren. Let’s join the Holy Father in prayer this Friday, and welcome his blessing urbi (“on the city” of Rome) et orbi (and on the whole world). And, confident in the unseen power of grace, let’s continue our daily devotions to the Divine Mercy.

Jesus, I trust in You!

Chris Sparks serves as senior book editor for the Marian Fathers. He is the author of the Marian Press book How Can You Still Be Catholic? 50 Answers to a Good Question.

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