As the humanitarian crisis in the Ukraine continues to deteriorate, we must redouble our efforts to pray for the restoration of peace and justice in that war-torn country. As believers, we can add this intention to our daily personal prayers in whatever way we think best.
However, we also have an opportunity to join our prayers for peace and justice with other Catholics throughout the world. An international group of lay leaders from different nationalities are arranging a 24 hour prayer chain that encompasses the entire world by asking the people of each country to stop and pray for the people of the Ukraine at a commonly, designated time. For ourselves in the United States, the hour chosen is 7:00 pm each evening.
May I ask that you make every effort to stop and offer this intention each evening sometime between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. You can offer whatever prayer you wish in whatever format you choose. The goal is to create a solidarity of prayer throughout the world. Such solidarity will be a powerful spiritual weapon against tyranny, evil and sin.
The previous reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly homilies. To learn more about how Catholic Relief Services is helping our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, please click here.