Holy hour with the Little Sisters of the Poor

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As the Supreme Court date approaches for the Little Sisters of the Poor's challenge to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate, the congregation is asking everyone to storm heaven with prayers for religious liberty. Their hope is that the Supreme Court's ruling on the HHS mandate will restore their freedom to serve the elderly poor unimpeded by regulations that violate church teaching. The results of this case will have ramifications not only for the Little Sisters and those they serve, but everyone who treasures religious freedom.

To assist them in their efforts, the sisters are hosting a Holy Hour at 3 p.m. in their Jeanne Jugan Residence, the feast of their patron St. Joseph. This Holy Hour will include adoration of the Blessed Sacrament along with a scriptural rosary led by Janis Clarke, a consecrated virgin of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Jesuit Father Peter Ryan, director of the Office of Doctrine for the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"The Little Sisters of the Poor do such wonderful work providing for those who can't take care of themselves, the elderly poor, who are in such need and they do that work with great kindness and love," said Father Ryan. "We need to be able to live out our faith and to exercise our apostolates in a full bodied way that really reflects our faith and that is becoming more and more difficult because of various regulations and requirements by the federal government. We are fighting a spiritual battle and we need to call upon the Lord for spiritual power."

Accompanying Father Ryan during the Holy Hour will be Clarke, an accomplished singer and president of Word for Life Rosary Mission. Over the years Clarke has volunteered with the sisters and has seen the order surround the residents with Christ's love.

"They really are the Lord's mercy for our brothers and sisters," said Clarke. "Their ministry is a light to this city. We need them and now they need us. I'm urging you to join with us during this Holy Hour for the Little Sisters that their ministry would continue unimpeded for generations to come."

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