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A Prayer Request For Christians In Iraq & Syria

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A message from the Diocese of Austin, TX:

In a letter that Bishop Joe S. Vásquez received from Bishop Francis Y. Kalabat, Bishop of St. Thomas Chaldean Diocese in Southfield, Michigan, our diocese has been invited to join St. Thomas Chaldean Diocese in prayer to ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for the Christians in Iraq and Syria.  Bishop Kalabat said, “Over the past year, the situation in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria, has been difficult and horrific for Christians.  They have been forced out of their homes and many were martyred for their faith.  I ask and beg of you to please join the Chaldean Church in prayer asking for the grace of God to ease their situation.”

The churches of the Chaldean Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle are praying the Rosary for 33 days during January and early February.  They are asking that our churches join them for the last nine-day Rosary novena in hopes that it will shed hope and light on their brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering exile from the homeland because of their faith.

Please invite the faithful of your parishes to join them in praying the Rosary for nine days, and to recite the following prayer along with the Rosary.

“Mother of God, Virgin Mary, be for us a safeguard from all illnesses and hardships. Through the great love you have for Christ, ask and beseech Him to be merciful to us, to give healing to our ailments, to console the downtrodden, to reunite those who are scattered and to forgive us.”

Although the novena started on January 25 and continues through February 2, we still invite you to join them in solidarity and prayer for the churches of the Chaldean Diocese.  Thank you for considering this important prayer request.

In Christ,

+ Daniel E. Garcia
Vicar General and
Auxiliary Bishop-elect of Austin

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Please keep Jason Stellman in your prayers

After recently converting to the Catholic Church, Jason writes:

Two Years a Catholic
Posted by Jason Stellman on September 23, 2014 in Apologetics, Catholicism, Featured, I Fought the Church, Suffering, The PCA, Westminster Seminary California | 991 comments

On September 23rd, 2012 (two years ago today), I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Humanly speaking, it was one of the worst decisions I have ever made.
The last two years have brought me almost nothing but loss.

It was a faith filled and courageous move for Jason to do what he did.  Praise God and pray to God that he will give him the grace to continue fighting the good fight.  As the Scripture says:

Philippians 3:7-9 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Righteousness from God. [But] whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss[a] because of Christ. More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ,the righteousness from God, depending on faith

and also:

Romans 8:17New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.