For the families out there who traditionally celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas, you may find yourselves in a quandary in light of the recent request that also falls on Dec. 6th. Four world-renowned exorcists have issued a joint statement urging Christians to participate in a world-wide prayer and fasting in reparation “for the purpose of driving out any diabolic influence within the Church that has been gained as a result of recent events.”
The recent events being the controversial presentation and procession of the pachamama statue in the Vatican during the recent pan-Amazon synod. The pachamama is a pagan goddess worshiped by indigenous people in the Andes). Here's an audio of Fr. Rich Simon explaining the pachamama in detail on Drew Mariani's show on Relevant Radio. Tune in at the 28 minute mark after the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
At first glance, the feast and the fast may seem irrelevant. But if we take a closer look, St. Nicholas of Myra whose powerful prayers alone effectively fought off demons and was known to have physical altercation with at least one heretic, cast out demons in his lifetime pretending to be gods & goddesses worshiped by pagans. So it's actually very fitting that we step into St. Nic's shoes and join the battle against idolatry. We can even request his intercessory prayer to boot.
My personal take is this: we are always called to prayer and sacrifice in reparation for all the ways humans insult God and injure our communion with Him. As the body of Christ, we must continually pray for each other and our church leaders for God hears the cry of His people. Extra prayers can't hurt, might help. Read more or watch a summary here, pray about it, and let me know what you think.
Read an educational & meaningful reflection that offers sound advice on how to observe faithfully on Dec. 6th.
In His Service,
SGC President 2019-2020