Pray for the oppressed, but also for the oppressor…

Malachi 3:5 I will draw near to you for judgment, and I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers, those who defraud the hired man of his wages, against those who defraud widows and orphans; those who turn aside the stranger, and those who do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.

“My child, do you think I am deaf to the cries of the oppressed? I tell you I am not! Each tear has been counted and those who are the oppressors will feel the pain of each tear in their own heart. And this judgment is merciful as well as just. For the oppressor will be given time to repent of his sin, but if he does not throw himself into my mercy, his just punishment will be severe, according to his fault. My children, do not let up on your prayers! Pray for the oppressed, but also for the oppressor. The oppressed I will reward and comfort in ways unimagined, but I take no delight in an unrepentant heart that chooses judgment over mercy. Be agents of my mercy and pray unceasingly—especially for those most in need of my mercy.”

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy.”* Jesus, be with the oppressed and grant the grace of repentance to the oppressor. Jesus we trust in you.

(*Fatima prayer)

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