Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Novena to Blessed John Henry Newman: Day 6

Prayer of thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity as every day of this Novena

1. From the Holy Father's Homily in Westminster Cathedral
" Dear friends, let us return to the contemplation of the great crucifix which rises above us. Our Lord's hands extended on the Cross also invite us to contemplate our participation in His eternal priesthood and thus our responsibility, as members of His body, to bring the reconciling power of His sacrifice to the world in which we live. The Second Vatican Council spoke eloquently of the indispensable role of the laity in carrying forward the Church's mission through their efforts to serve as a leaven of the Gospel in society and to work for the advancement of God's kingdom in the world (cf. Lumen Gentium, 31Apostolicum Actuositatem, 7) The Council's appeal to the lay faithful to take up their baptismal sharing of Christ's mission echoed the insights of John Henry Newman."

Blessed John Henry Newman, intercede for us that we may increasingly conform our "every thought, word and action to Christ, and.. work strenuously to defend those unchanging moral truths which taken up, illuminated and confirmed by the Gospel, stand at the foundation of a truly humane, just and free society." Pray for us that we may each within our varied states of life, answer our calling, to work for the advancement of God's kingdom " by imbuing temporal life with the values of the Gospel; and that we may thus be 'witnesses of the beauty of holiness, witnesses of the splendour of truth, witnesses of the joy and freedom born of a living relationship with Christ." We beg your prayers that we may become ever more conscious of our "dignity as a priestly people, called to consecrate the world to God through lives of faith and holiness." Help us to pray for vocations to the ordained priesthood, "for the more the lay apostolate grows, the more urgently the need for priests is felt, and the more the laity's own sense of vocation is deepened, the more what is proper to the priest stands out."
Blessed John Henry, we implore your intercession that many young men in the British Isles "will find the strength to answer the Master's call................thus building up His people in unity and fidelity to the Gospel, especially through the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice." Amen
(Quotes from the Homily at Westminster Cathedral)

Please make your private petition here.

1 Our Father; 1 Hail Mary; 1 Glory be to the Father

St. Bruno, pray for us
Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us, Amen

(Please note, this entry is incomplete. For one thing, I want there to be another reading. Composition and concentration time has been severely affected today by the fact that I have a streaming cold, and also had to prioritize attendance and spiritual solidarity at a two hour funeral this afternoon. Please, of your charity, pray for the soul of Jean Francis Terracol. who died from leukaemia on Sunday night aged 65. DV, will make additions here tomorrow after doing the next post, for Day 7.)

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