Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Novena for Faithful Citizenship - Day Three

Opening prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Reading: Isaiah 58:2-3,6-8

[The Lord said:] They seek Me day after day, and desire to know My ways, like a nation that has done what is just and not abandoned the law of their God; They ask Me to declare what is due them, pleased to gain access to God. "Why do we fast, and You do not see it? afflict ourselves, and You take no note of it?" This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed.

What actions do I perform to please God? How am I healing the wounds of others?

God of light, give us the freedom to walk in the footprints of your Son, Jesus. Let our light shine out for all to see by turning to those who call for our help. heal our wounds, heal our nation.

Novena prayer:
Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasureable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths toward the future.
From famine and war, deliver us.
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us.
From sins against human life from its very beginning, deliver us.
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us.
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us.
From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us.
Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies. Help us with the power ofthe Holy Spirit conquer all sin; individual sin and the "sin of the world", sin in all its manifestations.
Let there be revealed once more in the history of the world thi infinite saving power of the redemption: the power of merciful love.
May it put a stop to evil.
May it transform consciences.
May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope.

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