The Novena for Ireland has begun. From today until the 21st May, the eve of the referendum, we will pray to the Holy Family for the cause of marriage, children and family. Further details can be found in the Novena for Ireland section above, or on the novena website: novena4ireland.worldpress.com.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, an appropriate day to begin. In her apparitions to the shepherd children she asked them to pray and offer penance for the conversion of the world. Her calls is as necessary today as it was in 1917, indeed even more so. Sadly her message was largely ignored, her warning seemingly dismissed, to our cost. In our novena we respond to her call, so let us ask her to help us faithfully carry out these spiritual exercises in these days.