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HERNDON, Va. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A grassroots movement of Catholics and other Christians from around the world is deploying Heaven's weapons for spiritual victory.
The International Week of Prayer and Fasting coalition (IWPF) is inviting people of all ages, backgrounds and races to participate in its 28th annual nine-day campaign of prayer and fasting. According to the IWPF website, from Oct. 12–20, the virtual conference to change the world includes daily Mass, Rosaries, inspirational talks and 24/7 eucharistic adoration.
A key IWPF organizer, Maureen Flynn, explains the need for the conference.
"The current grave crisis in the Church and the world can only be fully remedied by Heaven's spiritual weapons of the Holy Mass, eucharistic adoration, the Holy Rosary and fasting," Flynn says. "Our Lord, His Blessed Mother and the saints have told us that these spiritual weapons will destroy evil."
The conference features a stellar list of speakers, including:
The IWPF coalition is joining with the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Legion of Mary, Priests for Life and others to pray and fast for:
"By invoking the help of our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, and by praying the Rosary, we play a crucial role in the conversion of nations and changing the course of world events," they continued.
The IWPF offers help on how to fast. It explains:
Sacrifice in the context of Catholic spirituality can be understood as the voluntary offering of something precious to God. The most precious thing that we possess is our own self-will. Understanding this can have a profound effect on spiritual progress in our day-to-day lives.
What does this look like? It starts with considering the little choices we make. We can ask ourselves questions throughout the day like, "What will I drink at this meal?" or "What will I wear today?" We can then choose that which both God and I know I do not enjoy or prefer. Again we could ask, "What will I do after work?" Perhaps I can choose that little task I have been avoiding because I find it disagreeable.
"During these nine days, prayerfully offer the little choices of self-denial you make for the conversion of America and of our world," the organizers recommend. "These little offerings to God are humble and pleasing to Him and will draw down His mercy upon our country and upon the world."
They emphasized that our Catholic faith and the world face unprecedented moral crises, including the legal killing of the innocent unborn up until the moment of birth, civil unrest, violence and looting, the accelerating breakdown of marriage and family life and a "deepening Church scandal that has rocked the faithful laity and clergy," they said.
According to the IWPF website, "we gather to pray for an end to the 'Culture of Death,' and for a newfound appreciation for basic human rights, particularly in the United States of America.