On Sunday, November 15, Catholics from across Michigan braved heavy rain to converge upon Lansing in order to participate in a rosary rally and Eucharistic procession culminating in Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament upon the steps of the State Capitol.
Through the storms, the prayerful plea of the pilgrims was simple: unite our nation by the grace of God and through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our nation’s heavenly patroness.
“It’s windy and rainy and cold but, honestly, I don’t think there’s any other place we’d rather be,” said Father Karl Pung, Provost of the nearby Saint Mary Cathedral, in his homily remarks during Benediction.
“We can do this because we have faith, we have hope, we have love. This isn’t about me … I’m here for something greater. I want to share in His plan for the Universe.”
Father Pung concluded by offering the following prayer in the wake of this month’s General Election: “Lord, help me to love those with whom I disagree”.
The Unite Our Nation initiative is the brainchild of the Wisconsin based apostolate, Men of Christ. Spurred on by the success of their first ever Eucharistic procession and rosary rally held in August in Wisconsin’s capital city, Madison, the concept has now spread from state to state with 132 similar events taking place nationwide. Find out more: https://uniteournation.net/