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By Chris Sparks (Oct 16, 2018)
It'll take a miracle for good to come from this synod of bishops on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment" running from Oct. 3-28 in Rome.

Given the present crisis in the Church; given the decades-long wars over letter versus "spirit" of Vatican II; given the widespread apostasy in the West, the enormous gap between the generations created by technology, and the massive civilizational instability across the world — it'll take a miracle for good to come from the synod.

Fortunately, God is in the business of performing miracles. In fact, God has promised to give extraordinary graces in response to certain devotions, including — miracle of miracles — one that the Holy Father has asked the faithful to pray for the Church in this month of October.

The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other.
In recent days, before his departure for the Baltic States, the Holy Father met with Fr. Fréderic Fornos, S.J., international director of the World Network of Prayer for the Pope, and asked him to spread this appeal to all the faithful throughout the world, inviting them to conclude the recitation of the Rosary with the ancient invocation "Sub Tuum Praesidium", and with the prayer to Saint Michael Archangel that he protect us and help us in the struggle against evil (cf. Revelation 12, 7-12). ...

We are set up for success. As you will find in Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, when the faithful pray the Rosary, miracles happen. Battles are won. Impossible odds are overcome. New life is given to goodness, and evil goes down in defeat.

And the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Michael have proven their power, as well as their loving care of the Church, across these past millennia. Miracles have come about through their intercession over and over again, including many in the lives of the Marian Fathers and you, our Marian Helpers.

So trust in the Holy Spirit, and the power of the Holy Rosary. Trust in the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, and in St. Michael, Guardian of the Church. Trust, and pray, and wait for miracles to happen.

Pray for the Church, as the Holy Father has asked us to do. Pray for the bishops gathered in synod, and pray for the Holy Spirit to move with power to transform hearts and minds, to move discussions and lead the Church in the right direction. Pray for God's will to be done, and ask the Blessed Virgin Mary's constant intercession.

As Padre Pio famously said, "Pray, hope, and don't worry."

Let us pray.

How to Pray the Holy Rosary

Sub Tuum Praesidium

We fly to your protection, O holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but ever deliver us from all danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray:
and you, O prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
cast down to hell Satan and the other evil spirits,
who prowl through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Excerpted prayers from the English translation of Exorcisms and Related Supplications, copyright © 2014 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.

Chris Sparks is the author of the book How Can You Still Be Catholic? 50 Answers to a Good Question (Marian Press).

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