Use power of prayer to quell urban violence

During the last week of July, Baltimore City witnessed the murder of eight people. In response to this horrific violence, city Councilman Carl Stokes is holding a prayer vigil. Where is the Catholic prayer vigil response to all of this violence? How can we bring true peace to the violent streets without a meaningful prayerful response?

Do any Catholics believe that there is strength in numbers; that God hears and answers prayers; that Jesus Christ can heal any disease, any problem, and any hardness of heart?

We need to pray with and for our children, and give them a good example. We need to place our trust in Jesus Christ, and not politicians or political solutions. We need to prove that we love our children – by praying with them and for them – at home and at church. We need to spiritually strengthen every family member and have weekly prayer activities in every Catholic parish! Families need to have a weekly holy hour activity in which parents can pray with their children. Weekly family nights provide that opportunity.

Any Catholic who desires to start a weekly family night is encouraged to contact can use the healing power of holy intercessory prayer in a beautiful, meaningful and efficacious way. The family that prays together stays together. Those that don’t, won’t.

Catholic Review

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