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Day 8 - Novena to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth
Day 8 Novena Reflection
The older I get the more I love the Feast of All Saints. It is our family Feast Day. Those who have gone on before us cheer us on. They are our models, our allies, and our intercessors. They are also a great source of hope.
They lived very human lives, just like we do. However, they learned to live them faithfully in the Lord. How did they do this? By yielding to His grace every day. By learning to give their yes to Him. By growing in their relationship with Him.
That engaged their capacity to make choices, their human freedom. Now, they are in the fullness of joy, in the communion of the Trinity, experiencing the fulfillment of all for which they longed. Now they are truly free.
That is where we are headed - and our experience of that joy can begin now.
This is a day for rejoicing, decision and anticipation. This is our Feast.
The words pronounced by priests throughout the world on this Feast should become our song today.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast day in honor of all the Saints, at whose festival the Angels rejoice and praise the Son of God.
Our Bible readings call us to holiness of life, to sanctity.
As we reflect on the great heroes of the faith, we are meant to walk along the same Way they did and allow the same Lord to re-create us anew.
We can make progress along that path by embracing the stuff of our everyday life, just as they did, and joining it to the Lord. Our joys, our sorrows, our struggles and, yes, even our failures, joined to His Cross, become the stuff out of which sanctity is forged, as if by fire.
We are all called to be saints. We should all long to be Saints.
Sanctity is not reserved for a few; it is the vocation of all who bear the name Christian.
Grace makes it possible.
Not easy, but possible.
ALL SAINTS of God, pray for Us
Novena Prayer to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth
Beloved Father, through the life, death and resurrection of your only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, we have become your adopted sons and daughters.
Through Baptism we are now members of His Body, the Church, which is Your family.
Our Savior Jesus taught us that whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother. We thank you that promise includes each one of us.
As members of the family of Jesus we are now reunited to you, in Him. Through Baptism we have become adopted sons and daughters in your Beloved Son.
We now turn to you in prayer, through Him, with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit as OUR FATHER, ABBA.
We pray that, by the power of your Holy Spirit, you would raise up in our midst holy men, women and children, in every Nation, culture and walk of life.
Men, women and children who are so conformed to your Son Jesus that they make Him known by their words, deeds and life of love and sacrificial service.
Men, women and children who are saints for this urgent hour.
Men, Women and children who manifest the power of heaven on earth. Who continue the ministry of Jesus, your Son and our Savior, through signs of the kingdom to come.
May these holy men and women multiply - providing leaders and servants for a New Missionary Age of the Church.
And, we pray for ourselves and our families, that we could grow closer and closer to you, every day, that we would be transformed by your grace and our free cooperation with your grace - Empowered by your Holy Spirit to become new creations in Jesus Christ.
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