For Amazon Synod: 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Today the 40 days of prayer and fasting for the Amazon synod called for by Cardinal Burke begins. I’m in, are you? One decade of the Rosary daily, one day per week of fasting. Let’s all unite with our Amazon brothers and sisters for this wonderful, dynamic event in the life of the church.

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10 comments

  1. I have enjoyed following you but to see the name burke appear disappoints me. I sure he is praying for nothing to happen outside the traditional. With regrets I will no longer follow you.

    1. Sorry to hear that, Carl Opat. I hope it’s clear to everyone that my prayer intention is positive and constructive – surrounding whatever is negative and judgmental in other people’s prayers with lots of love and grace and good energy.

      You’re always welcome back to follow us!

      Pax,
      awr

  2. Some have said that Cardinal Burke’s 40 days of prayers and fasting are actually an act of repentance in advance of the disaster that he thinks the Synod will be….. In fact the headline in your link says that this is an act of prayer against the Amazon Synod. Perhaps we could pray for the success of the Synod in other more constructive ways.

  3. Are you kidding?
    I would never do anything that Burke suggested.
    His approval automatically makes even good things questionable.

  4. Sad – think I can see your attempt to make an anti protest into something good by changing the focus and goal……not sure it works for me!!!

    As my classmate, Rory Cooney, says – when statements, actions, etc. by the Burkes of this world happen, find a quiet, dark place in your soul to rest and meditate.

  5. I could understand an invitation to follow the call of Vatican II and embrace the prayer of the hours with the intention of success for the Synod, rather than returning to a devotional practice that has edged out, in popular practice, the Church’s official daily prayer. I could also understand an invitation to spend time studying the problems of the Amazonian peoples and possible solutions to those problems.

    1. I suspect there are still more lay Catholics who can more readily pray the rosary (don’t even need beads; for example, it can be part of my swimming meditation if I have a lane to myself, in addition to my daily office of personal prayers committed to memory*) that the divine office.

      * Yes, I take the “May I pray while I swim?” approach (rather than the “May I swim while I pray?” approach) to the matter.

    2. “…rather than returning to a devotional practice that has edged out, in popular practice, the Church’s official daily prayer.” – What devotional practice are you speaking of? Also, you state, “I could also understand an invitation to spend time studying the problems of the Amazonian peoples and possible solutions to those problems.” – Do you believe the synod was called only to assist “the Amazonian peoples and their problems”? Hope you’ll respond. Thank you

  6. Great idea Anthony. Regardless of where one stands on the synod, surely prayer and fasting for its outcome is unobjectionable to all sides???

    By the way, LOVE “Constructive Conversationz.” We need more of them. Excellent work.

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