Free from Persecution

I have been reading a Christian book, Hearts of Fire,ย that tells of the lives of eight different women across the globe who stood by their Christian beliefs through terrifying ordeals and significantly less-than-ideal situations. An excellent read for anyone struggling with their faith as well as anyone whose faith is strong.

Reading their personal stories will definitely help build your faith by encouraging you to seek God even more. It will also make you appreciate the freedom for religion we have in the United States. I am thankful that we’re able to serve our God without persecution.

My prayers go out to the men and women in this world who are suffering ย such as the women in this book, specifically a prayers written by Archbishop William E. Lori, Supreme Chaplain:

O God of all the nations,
the One God who is and was and always will be,
in your providence you willed that your Church
be united to the suffering of your Son.
Look with mercy on your servants
who are persecuted for their faith in you.
Grant them perseverance and courage
to be worthy imitators of Christ.
Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations
to work for peace among all peoples.
May your Spirit open conversion
for those who contradict your will,
that we may live in harmony.
Give us the grace to be united in truth and freedom,
and to always seek your will in our lives.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
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