Bishop Robert Barron stated, "If Jesus had died on that cross and simply remained in his grave, he might be remembered by a few people as a hero from a distant time. But at the heart of the Christian faith is the claim that Jesus in fact - through the Holy Spirit - rose from death and thereby demonstrated that God's love is more powerful than anything that is in the world. More powerful than hatred and injustice, and more powerful even than death.... And therefore, the most extravagant hope is justified...the disciples of the risen Lord are given the privilege of gathering under his banner and joining him in the fight that remains."
In this time of hurricanes, earthquakes, and evil acts such as the shootings in Las Vegas, we pray for greater grace and peace from God.
Prayer to the Immaculate Queen of Peace
Most holy and immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother, being his Mother, you shared in His universal kingship. The prophets and angels proclaimed Him King of Peace. With loving fervor in our hearts, we salute and honor you as Queen of Peace.
We pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hated and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father who works to reconcile the nations in peace. We seek your guidance for our Head of State and other leaders as they strive for world peace.
Glorious Queen of peace, grant us peace in our hearts, harmony in our families and concord throughout the world. Immaculate Mother, as patroness of our beloved country, watch over us and protect us with your motherly love.