Perhaps some have already begun. Whether starting three days ago or just now jumping into a new prayer initiative, inspired by Fr. Richard Heilman, surely matters not to God. God knows our hearts. He does.
You may remember, Fr. Heilman was the initiator of the Nineveh90 call to solidarity in prayer. On Wednesday, the 54 Day Novena to the Holy Face of Jesus began and Father writes about it here. His assessment of our times, of which he writes here, inspired him to summons all who are interested to join forces once again.
- Pray the Chaplet of the Holy Face (the “how to” can be found HERE)
- Pray St. Patrick’s Lorica Prayer for the President (found HERE)
- Add a daily penance (described HERE)
Prayer Intention: For the protection of the President and his administration.
For those just now entering this time of prayer, simply go to Day 1 of the Novena and pray your way through Day 2 and today, Day 3 to bring yourself current, uniting with those who are already praying.
This very day is the start date for a Novena to Holy Spirit. As the forward to one version of the novena, found here, states:
The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.
In a piece written by Msgr. Charles Pope for the Feast of Pentecost last year, and found here, Monsignor illumines five images of the Holy Spirit found in Scripture. As I contemplate his exegesis, I am as convinced as ever that we need a well nurtured relationship with the Person of the Holy Spirit to navigate the Storm. Let us pray for one another to be refreshed and renewed in greater breadth and depth with Holy Spirit’s gifts and fruits. We must ask for this. As Jesus said:
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13)
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)
Finally, let us pray for a particular fruit of the Holy Spirit for ourselves and for one another. The saints have wisdom to share about choosing this fruit even as we ask for the grace to increase in JOY – even amidst trials.
St. Therese of Lisieux: “For one pain endured with joy, we shall love the good God more forever.”
St. Faustina: “Act in a way that all those who come in contact with you will go away joyful. Sow happiness about you because you have received much from God.”
St. Teresa of Calcutta: “We are at Jesus’ disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim His work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that’s all right, everything is all right. We must say, ‘I belong to you. You can do whatever you like.’ And this is our strength. This is the joy of the Lord.”
St. Augustine: “There is a joy that is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this is it, and there is no other.”
Pope St. John Paul II: “God loves those who find joy in giving.”