Keep those prayer sign-ups a-comin'! At the end of Day 6 of Charity, Clarity, Chastity, our event in reparation for WorldPride, we're encouraged to see that volunteers have provided round-the-clock prayer coverage every day so far. More than half of the slots – which are weighted toward the coming weekend – have already been filled.
And that's just the people who've been able to make a full commitment. We know and very much appreciate that there are plenty of others who have been praying and fasting for the three intentions without going through the online sign-up.
To our dismay, though, we've learned that the WorldPride Parade has been moved up from 2 pm EDT to 1 pm. Say its organizers, "That's right- due to overwhelming enthusiasm from our communities, parade entrants have surpassed our expectations and we're starting the parade an hour early!"
Now, this has never been a numbers competition between our side and the marchers. All along we expected the Pride revellers to vastly outnumber the people joined in prayers of reparation. Our event has never been meant as a defiant "We'll show 'em!" True, we will not bend to the misguided ideology of Pride, but our contest is not about who's stronger in terms the world can understand.
No, this is a spiritual battle.
[W]e are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12)
I was once among the hard-core Pride marchers. But for the grace of God, I might easily still be one – supposing, that is, I were still alive.
We don't yet know the end of anyone's story. "Every saint has a past; every sinner has a future."
[T]he Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to every one, an apt teacher, forbearing, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. (2 Tim 2:24-26)
So let us put on the whole armour of God and step up those prayers. The WorldPride Parade will apparently be bigger than expected. In the remaining days of our event, what are you willing to sacrifice for the sake of the spiritual conversion of WorldPride's many participants and supporters?
Private prayer is like straw scattered here and there: If you set it on fire it makes a lot of little flames. But gather these straws into a bundle and light them, and you get a mighty fire, rising like a column into the sky; public prayer is like that.
—St. John Vianney