Prayer and Fasting: The Friday Lenten Mercy Challenge

Prayer and fasting are our most powerful weapons in the fight against evil. In the midst of the evils of our worldwide culture of death and terrorism, we need to employ these weapons.

St. John Paul II said, “Jesus Himself has shown us by His own example that prayer and fasting are the first and most effective weapons against the forces of evil (cf. Mt 4:1-11). As He taught His disciples, some demons cannot be driven out except in this way (cf. Mk 9:29)” (Gospel of Life, 100).

In response to his call, is promoting the Friday Lenten Mercy Challenge to encourage both prayer and fasting together to defeat evil and to grow closer to Christ. It’s very easy to do, but by joining together with thousands of others doing the same thing, we will be multiplying our spiritual power.

This Lenten project consists of praying only one decade of the Rosary and simply fasting on bread and water at lunch on Fridays during the six weeks of Lent. You may also offer that sacrifice to God for a specific intention as an act of mercy during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

I encourage you to join me and many others who are responding to the Lenten Mercy Challenge.
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