These are troubling times for the family of God. Our Church, our priests, our faith, our families, are being attacked from all sides.
As Catholics, we should not be surprised because this has all been predicted. Our Lord warned us that we would be persecuted when He said, “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first” (John 15:18). Even though we know that “ . . . it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil" (1 Peter 3:17), it’s still difficult to endure these attacks especially when they are aimed at our families and loved ones.
But even this was predicted! As recently as 2006, Servant of God Lucia dos Santos told Cardinal Caffara of the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family that the “The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.”
That is why we will focus our upcoming Novena on the intention of praying and interceding for marriage, family life and for the family of our Catholic Church.
Rev. Father Samuel Mwaka, a priest of the Archdiocese of GULU in Uganda, will celebrate a Novena of Masses beginning on February 14th, St. Valentine's Day and run through February 22nd, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle, the day after the Bishop's meeting in Rome begins, specifically for those who are married, for those struggling in marriage, and marriage in general, which is so under attack here in the United States and around the world.