DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Catholic priest in the United States is heading a spiritual campaign of prayer and fasting.
Father Richard Heilman is spearheading "Nineveh 90." It consists of 90 days of daily prayer and various spiritual disciplines. The initiative will begin on January 1, 2018, and will continue until Easter Sunday on April 1.
The prayer intentions for this initiative are for the good of the nation and the protection of unborn children.
Participants in Nineveh 90 are instructed to practice 10 spiritual disciplines. The list includes a firm resolution to quit habitual sins, daily Rosary, the 33-day Marian Consecration, various forms of penance and wearing the Brown Scapular. The full list of disciplines for Nineveh 90 is featured on the website Roman Catholic Man. A sign-up link can be found there too.
Father Heilman told Church Militant this is the second Nineveh 90. He wrote to us on Thursday, "We did the first Nineveh 90 in the 90 days leading up to May 13, 2017, which was the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary in Fatima."
The priest remembered that last year's initiative was a major success. He claimed, "We had close to 16,000 [new] sign-ups for Nineveh 90 but many more participated who had already signed up for the Novena for Our Nation."
Father Heilman estimates the real number of participants was actually somewhere between 20,000–30,000.
Novena for Our Nation is a 54-day Rosary novena that Fr. Heilman is likewise involved in. Wisconsin-based men's apostolate The Holy League has sponsored the Novena for Our Nation two years running. The 54-day novena begins in August and ends in October. It has pro-life and patriotic prayer intentions much like Nineveh 90.
Marian Consecration is a Catholic devotion which typically involves 33 days of spiritual readings about the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the 34th day, participants make an act of consecration, a prayer of entrustment and servitude to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
First formulated in the early 18th century by French priest St. Louis de Montfort, Marian Consecration is summarized by the Latin phrase "ad Jesum per Mariam" — "to Jesus through Mary." A fuller name for the devotion is "Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary."
A common book used for Marian Consecration is 33 Days to Morning Glory. Written in 2011, it includes writings about the Blessed Mother from St. Louis de Montfort and three other saints.
St. Louis de Montfort's own work, True Devotion to Mary, can also be used in the 33-day preparation for total consecration.
The current political situation, according to Fr. Heilman's announcement on Roman Catholic Man, presents an opportune time to pray for an end to abortion and for America to return to Christian morals. He writes, "Many of us have been praying for our country, and we are beginning to see a shift that, quite frankly, is astounding. Signs abound, such as the outrage over the objectification of women and liberal news sources reporting on the dangerous side effects of contraception and abortion."
He also cites the Trump administration's pro-life principles as a cause for hope. Father Heilman calls on Catholics to lean in on the president by "signing the petition at Personhoodproclamation.com and sending a message to President Trump."
"For complete campaign and how to email, call, tweet and otherwise contact the president," Fr. Heilman recommends visiting "Protestchildkilling.com."