THE NINE-DAY NOVENA — Oct. 25–Nov. 2
ONE OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS of the United States, George Mason, made the following statement about how God deals with nations which have no spirit, when as a nation they do wrong.
“As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.”
For years Our Lady has told us, invited us, and encouraged us toward reconciling, as a people as well as individually, back to God. We now see plainly the price that was paid by the people in former Yugoslavia for not heeding Her call. The following novena should be prayed with these thoughts about our own nation in mind.
TO BE SAID DAILY:
Mary, we give you this novena for your intentions for December 8-12, for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, for massive conversions, for trhe fulfillment of all your plans, and the initiation of new plans to reconcile ourselves, our families, and our nation back to God.
TO BE SAID DAILY:
Prayer to Heal Our Land
LORD, WHO ARE WE AS A PEOPLE, having been given blessings in portions as no other nation before us? What has become of us, Father? We have spoiled your spacious skies with buildings and cities breathing with sin. The amber waves of grain are no longer viewed as our blessing but as our due. The awe and reverence due You when we gaze upon the purple mountains and their majesty is no longer held; rather, how much pleasure they can give us. Father, we have spurned You. We’ve blamed our problems on those who promote darkness, but You gave us time with Your Mother. Now our eyes have been opened by Her. Our lack of holiness, our not being light has allowed darkness to prevail. Indeed, our sins which we wrongly view as small have allowed those in darkness to commit great sins without shame. We now realize it’s because of our failings as Christians. Father, Samuel told your people, “It is true you have committed all this evil, still you must not turn from the Lord, but worship Him with your whole heart. For the sake of His own great name, the Lord will not abandon his own people.” Father, we come before You with our whole hearts and ask You to grant Our Lady Her intentions
Mary, we do not deserve to even be heard, yet we know Your Son’s passion merits that we are. Mary, we call You as You have called us. Please, intercede before God to forgive us, to heal us, to heal our families, and to heal our nation.
Father, grant Mary’s intentions and hear Her pleas for us. We know you are justly irritated with us but we beg and plead for forgiveness through our repentance from our hearts. We realize our nation is headed toward disaster by so many signs You have given us. Holy, Holy, Holy God, grant Mary Her requests that we may again be your people, not a nation above God but one nation humbled and under God. Amen.
TO BE SAID DAILY: THE APRIL 25, 1992 MESSAGE
Day 1, Sunday, October 25
Day 2, Monday, October 26
Day 3, Tuesday, October 27
Day 4, Wednesday, October 28
Day 5, Thursday, October 29
Regarding Poland—a nation decidedly turning in its struggle away from evils toward good:
Day 6, Friday, October 30
Day 7, Saturday, October 31
“If you think of evil, punishment, wars, you are on the road to meeting them. Your responsibility is to accept Divine peace, live it, and spread it.” August, 1984
Day 8, Sunday, November 1
Day 9, Monday, November 2
This is not to say these things are not part of purification and the world will not see many of these, but, rather, Our Lady wants us, Her children, to preoccupy ourselves with holiness with a bright future, full of hope, faith, and charity. Our victory is salvation, if we live our Christianity. Wars, punishments, and evil are for those who do not. Our only connection to these events is to help us expiate our past sins.
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