Cardinal Burke is prefect emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura and archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He previously led the Diocese of La Crosse, his hometown diocese.
In his Friday statement, he noted that offering daily Mass “unites me most fully to you in our spiritual bond as members of the Mystical Body of Christ.”
He also urged Catholics to pray the rosary daily during October, the month of the Holy Rosary.
This was the message of Our Lady of Fatima, he noted, Marian apparitions which were confirmed “in the Miracle of the Sun” on Oct. 13, 1917. In her request, “Our Lady indicated a specific intention: peace,” Burke noted.
This “peace,” he said, is not of the world but is “rather the peace obtained for us by the blood of the Cross of Jesus Christ.”
“The victory of peace is ultimately the victory over Satan who, since the sin of our First Parents, never ceases to tempt us to commit sin,” he said. “The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, is the privileged instrument through which God the Father sent God the Son into the world to win for us the victory.”
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