By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant - Pope Francis' announcement last week to consecrate Russia has given faithful Catholics a glimpse of hope... Excitement in the Catholic world is growing over the upcoming consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As Our Lady requested, bishops and archbishops around the world are joining the solemn, public consecration on Friday.
By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews - The requests of Our Lady of Fatima for the consecration of Russia were very specific. In at least eight attempts over the last nearly 100 years, Popes have failed to do it as she explicitly requested. And for that very reason, the promised full conversion of Russia and world peace were not granted to the world... The best opportunity for the consecration of Russia has presented itself now, with the Bishops of Ukraine begging the Pope for the consecration of Russia as Our Lady requested while their own nation is under the attack by Russia. However, this Sunday, Pope Francis indicated he may not do the consecration as heaven requested.
Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word - Matthew 18:21-35 - Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. ...
By Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik, Catholic Exchange - The word sacrifice means “something made sacred.” It is a gift that a priest offers to God as a sign that those offering belong entirely to Him. The gift is destroyed to show God that the people offering the sacrifice wish to belong to Him alone and that they want to make up for the wrong they have done Him. Therefore, sacrifice expresses obedience and atonement... A sacrifice requires an altar, a visible gift or victim, and a priest.