On July 4, Fr. Bill Peckman, Fr. James Altman, and Fr. Richard Heilman announced their call for 40 days of prayer and fasting to cast demonic influence from our nation.
Doug Barry’s U.S. Grace Force initiative sponsors the effort.
“Through acts of reparation, fasting, penance, charity, and prayer (both personal and sacramental), we call upon the power of God to release ourselves, our families, our parishes, our dioceses, and our nation from all demonic influence and oppression,” the release says.
The group calls the effort “Let Freedom Ring: 40 Days to Freedom From the Devil,” beginning July 7 and ending Aug. 15.
The three priests will provide a reflection each of the 40 days, as well as a specific litany and prayer of exorcism. They also suggest acts of reparation, while considering the person’s state in life.
Fr. Peckman also invited his parishioners to participate.
“Just think what our parishioners could be and become if we marshaled our forces and took the 40 days between July 7 and August 15 to pray for deliverance and a fullness of God’s blessings,” he said.
“This is a national movement of which I am a part of in order to more than complain about the state we find ourselves in, but to use the grace of God to make a real and lasting change.”