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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God”

FROM 25 JUNE TO 2 JULY 2018

PRAYER WEEK FOR THE FAMILY, THE HOLY FATHER, PEACE AND CONSECRATION OF THE MEDIORIENTAL LANDS



Dear friends,

this year again the Associazione Sposa di Sion promotes a Week of Prayer to support the three priorities indicated
in the revelations of Mary "Bride of the Family". The bets at stake are high:

- the safeguard of the family as living expression of the divine image in reality;
- the support to Pope Francesco and to his work of spiritual renewal and reform of the Church;
- the peace in the Middle East and the overcoming of the current risk of an atomic war through the Consecration of
Middle Eastern lands and nations.

We are aware that the causes of the conflicts that are devastating the Middle East and other nations (such as the Congo DR
with its 8 million deaths in the last 20 years!), are to be found in the thirst for profit and power, in the idolatry of
money and in the contempt of the value of human dignity. Therefore, with Pope Francesco, we say «No to an economy of
exclusion. No to the new idolatry of money. No to a money that governs instead of serving. No to the inequity that generates
violence
»!
But we are also aware that at the origin of these iniquities there is also the work of obscure spiritual forces capable of
corrupting and polluting the human heart, spiritual forces that only the light of faith and the power of prayer can stop.
On this awareness is based the invitation to this Week of Prayer, extended also to the faithful Jews and Muslims, and to those
who, regardless of their religious ideal, believe in the value of the family, support the reforming action of Pope Francesco
and yearn to the precious good of peace.
Therefore, during this Week of Prayer, at the end of the celebrations, or during the day, it is possible to recite the Act
of Consecration of the Sons of Abraham and of the Middle Eastern lands and nations
that you find attached together with
the icon of Mary “Bride of the Family”.
The icon emphasizes the importance of the involvement of the faithful Jewish and Muslim in the prayer for peace; it is a very
concrete way to recognize the dignity and the role that, as descent of Abraham, they too have in God's plan of salvation.
In full freedom, during this Week, you can also evaluate which forms of abstinence and fasting adopt to give greater spiritual
strength to your prayer effort.
Thank you for your attention and cordial greetings with the words of Psalm 122:


“Ask peace for Jerusalem: be peace to those who love you,
be peace on your walls, safety in your bulwarks. For my brothers
and my friends I will say: «Peace be upon you!»”.



on behalf of Associazione Sposa di Sion
the president
Angelo Ansalone



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