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The Four Pillars of Stewardship: Prayer

‘Soldiers for Christ’

The rosary: a tool of conversion (see the SPANISH below)


The “Soldiers for Christ” rosary group includes, back row: Jose Franco, Oscar Heredia, Aurelio Barron and Hilario Ochoa. Middle row: Osvaldo Mendez, Saul Hernandez, Oscar Franco and Amado Medina. Front row: Alfredo Alvarado, Pedro Sanchez, Father Peter Fernandez, Hector Porras and Joel Guaderrama. Not Pictured are Carlos Garcia, Jose Ibarra, Manuel Melendez, Trinidad Hernandez, and Pedro Galindo.

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Editor’s Note: This week the Register continues coverage leading to the November 17 “Stewardship Renewal Commitment Sunday” by highlighting one of the four Pillars of Stewardship: “Prayer”. The last issue of the Register highlighted “Formation.”

Each Thursday evening, several men gather in the soft light of Mary Queen of Peace Parish in Ulysses.
In their hands they each hold a rosary.
Together, they pray their admonitions to the Lord, a prayer for conversion – of families, of communities; they pray the repeated words of the rosary as God removes that outer layer of their daily lives until the world subsides and they can feel God’s presence with utter clarity.
Father Peter Fernandez started the rosary group for men, “Soldados de Cristo (Solders of Christ)” at Mary Queen of Peace Parish in March following a parish mission in which was stressed the struggle of the family in today’s society -- a society entrenched with often unhealthy distractions.

“The reality is that the family is being challenged by the culture of death,” Father Fernandez said. “The fathers in the family must start giving more importance to the spiritual life in the family. If the fathers lead, it is easier for the family to walk on the same path. There is more authority, especially in the Hispanic community,” Father Fernandez said.
“The rosary is a powerful prayer; that is why the Blessed Virgin Mary in her apparitions has told us to pray the rosary for the conversion of sinners and for the conversion of those who don’t believe in God,” he said.
He recalled a time, during the cold war, when it was common for people to pray for the conversion of Russia.
“We can see the effect of that powerful tool of prayer. How much more powerful is the prayer for the sustenance of faith within our families? Or for the conversion of families, especially those who are influenced by the culture of death and other influences that take the focus away from the good plan of God?  
“The Soldados de Cristo is meant to pray for families – including their own families: to be always be firm in their faith in God and to be firm enough to practice their faith in the midst of the culture of death and influences that pull the families or family members away from God.”
October happens to be the Month of the Holy Rosary. “Pope John XXIII wrote in an apostolic message: ‘As you pray the Rosary, meditate on the mysteries; they are the central mysteries of our religion. Let Mary, the perfect model of Christian living, lead you toward an ever more solid and coherent faith. In every family that devoutly prays the rosary, let Mary teach,  encourage and strengthen the Christian life of all its members. May she, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church, strengthen us all in an ever increasing fidelity to Christ and his Church’.”
Those who devoutly pray the rosary recognize in it a “power that leads to conversion,” Father Fernandez said. “This is not just about one person; it can not only convert people, but also nations.”
Of course, Father Fernandez’s hopes as the men gather each Thursday evening – sometimes bringing their sons with them – are less ambitious than the conversion of a nation, but they are at least as important.
“They are praying for the conversion of families, their own, each other’s, and others still. This is the power of the rosary, asking the Blessed Virgin for conversion.”

Por DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Nota del Editor: Esta semana el Registro continúa cobertura hacia el 17 de Noviembre para el “Domingo del Compromiso de la Renovación de Compartir.” Esta edición se refleja uno de los Cuatro Pilares de Compartir, “La Oración”.
Cada jueves por la tarde, varios hombres se reúnen en la luz tenue de la parroquia de Maria, Reina de la Paz en Ulysses.
En sus manos cada uno de ellos tiene un rosario.
Juntos, rezan sus advertencias al Señor, una oración para la conversión – de familias, de comunidades; rezan las palabras repetidas del rosario mientras Dios quita esa capa externa de sus vidas cotidianas hasta que el mundo se desaparece y pueden sentir la presencia de Dios con claridad total.
El Padre Pedro Fernandez inicio el grupo del rosario para hombres, “Soldados de Cristo” en la parroquia de Maria, Reina de la Paz siguiendo una misión parroquial en la cual se acentuó la lucha de la familia en la sociedad de hoy – una sociedad arraigada con distracciones insalubres.  
“La realidad es que la familia está siendo desafiada por la cultura de la muerte,” dijo el Padre Fernandez. “Los padres en la familia deben de empezar a dar más importancia a la vida espiritual de la familia. Si los padres guían, es más fácil para la familia que caminen por el mismo camino. “Hay más autoridad, especialmente en la comunidad hispana,” Padre Fernandez dijo.
“El rosario es una oración poderosa; es por eso que la Santísima Virgen Maria en sus apariciones nos ha dicho que recemos el rosario para la conversión de los pecadores y por la conversión de aquellos que no creen en Dios,” él dijo.    
El recordó una vez, durante la Guerra Fría, cuando era común entre la gente de orar por la conversión de Rusia.
“Podemos ver el efecto de esa poderosa herramienta de la oración. ¿Cuánto más poderosa es la oración para el sustento de la fe en nuestras familias? ¿O para la conversión de las familias, especialmente aquellos que son influenciados por la cultura de la muerte y otras influencias que quita el enfoque del plan bueno de Dios?  
“Los Soldados de Cristo tiene la intención de orar por las familias – incluyendo sus propias familias: para siempre ser firmes en su fe en Dios y ser lo suficientemente firme para la práctica de su fe en medio de la cultura de muerte e influencias que separan a las familias o miembros de familia de Dios.”
Aquellos que con devoción rezan el rosario reconocen en él un “poder que lleva a la conversión,” dijo el Padre Fernandez. “No se trata de sólo un a persona; puede no sólo convertir personas, sino también naciones.”
Por supuesto, las esperanzas del Padre cuando los hombres se reúnen cada jueves por la tarde – a veces trayendo a sus hijos con ellos – son menos ambiciosas que la conversión de una nación, pero al menos igual de importante.
“Ellos están orando por la conversión de familias, de su propia, de cada uno y otros más. Esto es el poder del rosario, pidiendo a la Santísima Virgen la conversión.”

 

 

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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