Pope Francis, in his recent letter responding to the terrible situation of clerical abuse and coverup (see the full letter of Pope Francis), calls upon all of the members of the Body of Christ to enter into "prayer in fasting" as a sign that we stand in solidarity with abused victims. He calls for a "fasting that can make us hunger and thirst for justice and impel us to walk in the truth, supporting all the judicial measures that may be necessary."
Fasting is a bodily prayer where we enter into the suffering of Christ (as he suffers in the little ones) so that no victim may ever feel alone, unheard, uncared for. Father Tony is dedicating this Wednesday, August 28th as a personal day of prayer and fasting - and he invites you to join with him in this prayer. We pray not only for the victims, but we pray that those who have felt betrayed by their Church or her leadership may find healing. We pray especially for those who, in understandable disgust, have walked away from the Church, and tragically have walked away from the table of the Lord who so wants to offer all of us healing and strength.