Good afternoon fellow soldiers for Christ!

This morning I woke up early and went to the 7.30 am mass at Tyburn convent. I must say that with all the candles lighting that it really did look beautiful.

And as I mentioned yesterday, next Sunday will be divine mercy Sunday and some of us are doing the novena.

As I prayed and reflected this morning I asked myself a simple question: Do the many people out there who might be getting ready for work or who might not believe in God at all know that there are people praying for them?

Every morning these nuns wake up early and pray for the world, every day lots and lots of people come to mass and they pray for the world and this week Jesus is asking us to pray in a special way for the world to be touched by His mercy.

To the world these nuns and people of prayer probably look cracked!

People of prayer spend hours sitting in the church with Jesus, often they live quite simple lives. They often dress differently, have different interests and in the eyes of the world are weirdos!

Many of these people weren’t always so prayerful. Often life broke them down and brought them to their knees where they met God. At times they still carry some of the wounds and traumas of their past lives with them. They chose the narrow path that leads to Jesus but also the path that leads to mockery, rejection and suffering. Yet someone guides them on and every day come what may you’ll see God’s army in the churches, at adoration, praying the rosary…..

At times you’ll see them fighting too over different things. Some like communion on the hand, others don’t, some like singing while others like silence etc.

Yet something unites them all in the end or should I say someone?

United by Jesus, united by His mercy, united in prayer the army marches on.

Their kingdom is not of this world, their weapons are not of this world, to this world they seem weak and pathetic.

And yet such is the army of God.

Let’s take a moment today to thank God for these people and for their prayers that bless us in ways we don’t even know. Let’s be grateful to these people too for responding to God’s call and for the many sacrifices that they have made in their lives for the welfare of others.

And finally, let us pray for many more generous warriors in God’s army this Sunday! May the touch of Jesus’ mercy touch many hearts and may the people respond generously by devoting their lives to prayer and to pleasing Jesus in everything they say and do.

Thanks for reading and remember that right now there are people all over the world praying for you even if you don’t know who they are!

Have a great day and if you are a member of God’s army, take courage from John Paul II.