July 15, 2016 (KALAMAZOO, MICH.) In the wake of the tragic loss of more than 80 innocent lives in Nice, France last evening, Bishop Paul J. Bradley is calling for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace to be observed this Monday, July 18, 2016.
“Yet again, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the merciless and savage slaughter of more than 80 innocent people in Nice, France last night,” said Bishop Paul J. Bradley. “Among these people of all ages including children, who were celebrating Bastille Day, France’s Independence Day, were some Americans. May God grant eternal rest to the victims, and may God grant His gift of peace to the families of those killed in this latest act of terrorism, and to all those so deeply traumatized.
“This is the fifth act of senseless violence in a little more than a week, including the shooting deaths of three people in our own Diocese on Monday. These acts of violence and hatred are clearly the result of a growing presence of evil in our world. In Mt. 17:19-21, Jesus gives us the way to confront such evil: by prayer and fasting. Therefore I invite all people of our Diocese, and all people of good will, to join together and voluntarily designate this Monday, July 18th as a Day of special Prayer and Fasting. Let us offer our prayer and fasting as an effort to confront this evil and bring an end to these growing acts of violence, hatred and complete disregard for the value of human life and basic human rights. Let us include in our prayer the intercession of St. Francis, the Patron Saint of Peace, and his powerful Prayer: “Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace.”
Note: *Special prayers and resources can be found here.. Personal fasting can include whatever each person chooses, for example: abstaining from meat, refraining from eating between meals, or limiting meal portions.
**Matthew 17:19-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20 And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith [a]the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. 21 [[b]But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”]
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