Conversion of the heart

From left: Father Miguel González, Father Roman Kuzminskyi, and Bishop John Noonan. (LANA KACZMAREK)

ORLANDO | Imagine the greatest weapon of protection and defense is not destructive or harmful, but rather the power of prayer as an armor of God. On the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Father Roman Kuzminskyi of St. Mary Proctress Ukrainian Catholic Church joined Bishop John Noonan at St. James Cathedral in Pope Francis’ request to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Bishop Noonan addressed how “in times of trial, we turn to prayer.” Pope Francis’ request to join together in prayer “is a call to journey in forgiveness.” By the Word of God, Bishop Noonan says our hearts can be transformed to love alone as we ask, “our Blessed Mother to intervene through her Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on our behalf as she guides us to Him.”

Father Kuzminskyi appreciated the love and support shown by Bishop Noonan, the priests, and parishioners who gathered in prayer to “show how much support we Ukrainians have.” He believes this protection of prayer through the Blessed Mother will “save [his] city and home from destruction, [as they] have a special protector from bombs and ammunition.”

By Lana Kaczmarek, Special to the Florida Catholic, March 29, 2022