It is upon us! We are in Holy Week! And the dawn of the Solemnities of Solemnities, the great Feast of Resurrection, is upon us! As we plunge into this great week of the mystery of our salvation, may we all seek a deeper entrance into the Passion of Christ.
Now that I have all you good Catholics' attention, let's talk about Nancy Pelosi. To be honest, this article has nothing to do with Nancy Pelosi's political positions, nor where she stands in opposition to Catholic teaching. Earlier this month, it made news that Barack Obama had given a rosary blessed by Pope Francis to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The article caused a little bit of an uproar, and some were outraged and considered this an act of sacrilege — a slap in the face to the faithful. I would like to offer another look at the situation.
As we enter into this holiest of weeks, we call to mind Christ's victory over sin and death, and let me repeat, we call to mind Christ's VICTORY over sin and death. The first question we need to be asking ourselves is: Do we really believe that Christ has won over evil? Do we really believe this victory has an effect on the world? Do we really believe in our participation in the mystery of the Cross? Do we really believe in the power of Jesus Christ, and through Jesus Christ the power of His Saints to bring about conversion to the hearts of others?
If you answered "yes" to the above questions, then we should be more than happy that Mrs. Pelosi received this rosary. Pope Francis has been speaking a lot lately about the human person, and that we have to deal with people as just that, people, and for people to come to conversion, they must have an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. Authentic encounter comes in many different ways, but the bottom line is that this encounter is a moment for grace, an action of God Himself, not our own argumentation. But with that being said, our explanation of the Faith, our apologetics, and our gestures of charity serve as an opening for God's grace to enter in.
In the same way, the rosary blessed by Pope Francis can be that opening of grace for Nancy, the starting point of conversion. As a member of the Legion of Mary, I see so much of the Legion's work in this gesture. So much of the Legion's evangelizing work starts with simple gestures of kindness and friendship and also the distribution of sacramental objects. We pray and we hope that this rosary will lead to Nancy's conversion, and that Our Lady will obtain for her this grace from her Divine Son Jesus.
As we go forth into the mystery of our salvation, may we pray for the salvation of all and for the conversion of all people, and especially those Catholics far away from the Faith. May we trust in the power and the victory that Christ has won for us.
Fatima Conversion Prayer
Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.