Faithful Citizenship Novena: Day 6

OPENING PRAYER

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in us the fire of your love.

READING

Mt 5:43-46

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?”

REFLECTION

Who are my enemies? How do I love them?

How do I live up to the definition Jesus provides for living a Christian lifestyle, a life of Christian love?

PRAYER

God of peace,

Give us the courage

to be reconciled with our neighbors, our enemies.

Give us the vision

to truly see what it means to be a Christian

so that peace and justice may rule in our world.

Amen.

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 immeasurable 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.

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From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, 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 the loss of awareness of good and evil, 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 of the 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

the 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. Amen.

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