LAST NIGHT I GAVE YOU THE DAILY PRAYER WHICH WE SAY DAILY DURING THIS NINE DAY NOVENA TO PRAY FOR A RETURN TO RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN OUR COUNTRY. TONIGHT I WILL GIVE YOU THE PRAYER FOR DAY 1.
OPENING PRAYER: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
TODAY’S REFLECTION: From well before Cardinal Gibbons (in the late 1800’s) Catholics in America have been advocates for religious liberty, and the landmark teaching of the Second Vatican Council on religious liberty was influenced by the American experience… We have been staunch defenders of religious liberty in the past. We have a solemn duty to discharge that duty today.. We address an urgent summons to our fellow Catholics and fellow Americans to be on guard, for religious liberty is under attack both at home and abroad.
Please pray the daily prayer I listed yesterday, and will do one more time here:
ALMIGHTY GOD, FATHER OF ALL NATIONS,
FOR FREEDOM YOU have set us free in Christ Jesus.
WE PRAISE AND BLESS you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice and the common good.
GRANT TO OUR LEADERS the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties.
BY YOUR GRACE may we have the courage to defend them for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.
WE ASK THIS through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,
AND IN THE NAME of you Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
WITH WHOM YOU LIVE and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
(A novena is a traditional form of prayer which takes place over a period of nine days (the number of days which Mary and the Apostles spent in prayer between the Ascension and Pentecost.) To participate in this novena, spend some time during each of the nine days using the opening prayer, reflections, and the Daily Prayer printed above.