Fr. Gerard Lecomte, CJM
Today, I will present you with a few important things on our liturgical calendar.
First the big day: Monday, February 8th, is the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. Each year, thousands of vulnerable men, women, and children are trafficked across our borders and then forced into slavery. Our Eudist sisters have been tackling this criminal issue since their foundation in 1642. They have an office in Washington to lobby lawmakers. The USCCB has been a leader in advocacy and education. Here is a USCCB link with more information, as well as a USD link. On February 8th, we also celebrate Saint Josephine Bakhita, link. She had been a victim of human trafficking.
This February 8th, we will put all our intentions into the Holy Heart of Mary, in communion with the worldwide Eudist Family, for the anniversary of the first official Catholic celebration on February 8, in Autun (Burgundy) France. We will use the Mass of the CJM for that date.
February 11 is World Day of the Sick, when Catholics offer prayers for those suffering with illness. Here is a resource link, with prayers for individuals and organizations. This year is especially poignant with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please remember in your prayers as well, the healthcare workers and their families who are at the forefront of our defenses against the COVID-19 pandemic. I invite families to say a family prayer for the sick, particularly on that day.