Thousands of Catholics Gather to Pray for Peace

Depictions of injustice and unrest have filled the media landscape for the past week. But even during a time when many are sowing discord, there are many more who desire justice and peace.

That was evident on Monday, as thousands of people gathered to join Relevant Radio® in an Hour for Peace. Because many churches are still closed or have strict capacity limits, the gathering took place over the airwaves and online. Fr. Rocky, Executive Director/CEO of Relevant Radio, celebrated Mass and lead a recitation of the Rosary for peace in our country. He specifically invoked the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, whose feast was celebrated on Monday.

Prior to the Hour for Peace, Fr. Rocky stopped by Morning Air® to discuss the need for prayer during times of unrest.

He explained, “Many people are concerned, because we know from history that violence can lead to violence, and outrage leads to outrage, and injustice leads to injustice, and hatred leads to hatred. So how do we break out of that cycle? We need God’s grace. We need his intervention. And that’s what Relevant Radio can really offer to people here.”

During a time when so many seek both justice and peace, but feel powerless to bring about either, Fr. Rocky emphasized that the power of prayer should not be discounted.

“We know that if we pray, God answers those prayers. We know that’s happened before in history. We have seen that over the last three months with the Family Rosary Across America®. And sometimes people might think, ‘Well, you know, prayer is not very practical.’ I actually believe it is very practical. I’ve seen tremendous results of prayer. Jesus says, ‘Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you will find.'”

Jesus also told us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” (John 14:27) Even as we work to end injustice, we know that lasting peace will only be found through Christ.

“Peace is a gift from God,” Fr. Rocky pointed out. “It was Jesus who said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.’ So that’s what we’re going to do. We need to pray for God’s grace to intervene in history in this moment.”

Watch the replay of the Hour for Peace on our Watch Page and listen to the full conversation with Fr. Rocky below:

Morning Air can be heard weekdays from 5:00 – 8:00 a.m. Central on Relevant Radio and the Relevant Radio App.

Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.