September 29, 2021—Today, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco asked all Catholics and others of goodwill to join the Benedict XVI Institute’s “Rose and Rosary for Nancy” campaign at BenedictInstitute.org:
FULL STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP SALVATORE J. CORDILEONE:
“St. Therese of Lisieux, the ‘Little Flower,’ whose feast day we celebrate this Friday, is remembered for these famous and cherished words: ‘After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth. I will raise up a mighty host of little saints. My mission is to make God loved…’
“And after her death, the roses began to shower down from heaven. Roses have been called St. Therese’s ‘signature,’ a sign that the petitioner’s prayer has been heard.
“The rose is also a symbol of our Blessed Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the ‘mystical rose.’ At this particular moment in the history of our nation, we need more than ever the intercession of our Blessed Mother, St. Therese, and all other saints who have shown us the path to life. Indeed, the reaction elicited by the passage of the Texas Heartbeat Bill shows how desperately our country, and many of our political leaders, need a conversion of heart to steer us away from the path to death and reclaim a culture of life.
“Witness the House of Representatives’ passage of HR 3755, which would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy. A conversion of heart of the majority of our Congressional representatives is needed on this issue, beginning with the leader of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I am therefore inviting all Catholics to join in a massive and visible campaign of prayer and fasting for Speaker Pelosi: commit to praying one rosary a week and fasting on Fridays for her conversion of heart. Please sign up for the ‘Rose and Rosary for Nancy’ campaign at BenedictInstitute.org, and a rose will be sent to her as a symbol of your prayer and fasting for her.
“Speaker Pelosi speaks fondly of her children. She clearly has a maternal heart. Pope Francis has called abortion murder, the equivalent of hiring a hitman to solve a problem. The solution to a woman in a crisis pregnancy is not violence but love. Please join me in praying the rosary and fasting for a conversion of Speaker Pelosi’s maternal heart to embracing the goodness and dignity of human life not only after birth, but in the womb as well.”
“This is our Year for the Homeless,” Maggie Gallagher, executive director of the Benedict XVI Institute added, “Our support for our brothers and sisters on the streets of San Francisco and our support for our brothers and sisters in the womb has the same deep roots: our faith in the equal dignity of every human soul. We matter not because of how rich, or powerful, or useful, or beautiful we might be, but because of who we are: equally beloved children of God.