‘A prayer chain’ was introduced to unite all the Care Homes of the Little Sisters of the Poor throughout the world to pray for vocations. This initiative started on the 13th May of this year to mark the Centennial year of the Apparitions of our Lady of Fatima to the three children shepherds and will finish on October 13th. The participation of the Residents and the sick will be essential, and anyone who so desires can also join us in this effort. Every day we are united in prayer with our different Homes on the five Continents. Would you also like to join the Little Sisters in prayer for vocations?
Many of us know the message of Fatima. Jeanne Jugan did not, in the sense that she was born before the Apparitions. We know by her life that her words and examples expressed fully Mary’s message, inviting us to conversion, to return to God through prayer, and especially by the recitation of the rosary. We know that this simple and profound devotion transformed the life of our Mother Foundress who, through continual meditation of the rosary, penetrated the secrets of the Heart ‘of Jesus and Mary’ How she loved the prayer of the rosary! It has been said that the only object to which she was “attached” was her rosary.
For the feast day of the Assumption the 15th August 2013 Pope Francis told us that we all have to face struggles but: “Mary does not leave us alone: the Mother of Christ and of the Church is always with us. She walks with us always, she is with us. And in a way, Mary shares our dual condition. She has of course already entered, once and for all, into heavenly glory. But this does not mean that she is distant or detached from us; rather Mary accompanies us, struggles with us, and sustains Christians in their fight against the forces of evil. Pray with Mary, especially the rosary… prayer with Mary, especially the Rosary, has this “suffering” dimension that is of struggle, a sustaining prayer in the battle against the evil one and his accomplices. The Rosary also sustains us in the battle”.
Pope Francis recent tweet: “We effectively do good when we do it without seeking reward and in the concrete situations of everyday life.”