I will be sharing the materials provided by the USCCB on the prayers, reflections, and call to action for each day on this blog. If you would like to download the PDF that includes all 9 days you can download it at the USCCB.
From the USCCB Novena 9 Days 2017 Full Color PDF:
Day Six: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Intercession: May those affected by pornography experience the Lord’s mercy and healing.
Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: We are created with a desire to love and be loved. We long to be known, understood, and accepted for who we are. In contrast, pornography distracts us from our call to love by objectifying people and bringing hurt and pain. As noted in Create in Me a Clean Heart, “it is an illusory substitute for real relationships and intimacy, which in the end bring true joy.”
However, “no wound is out of the reach of Christ’s redeeming grace. Christ is our hope! The Church proclaims the truth about love, sexuality, and the dignity of each person, and she seeks to provide the Lord’s mercy and healing for those harmed by pornography. … For further resources and help, visit www.usccb.org/cleanheart.”*
Acts of Reparation (choose one):
- Don’t push the snooze button. Get right out of bed and offer your day in prayer to God.
- Fast from snacking today. Eat three meals only.
- Contemplate a beautiful piece of sacred art today, and reflect upon how true beauty draws us closer to God.
One Step Further: Learn more about the spiritual, emotional, and neurological impact of pornography in “‘Wash Me Thoroughly’: Healing from Pornography Use and Addiction” (www.goo.gl/gjr3Wg) and “Life Matters: Pornography and Our Call to Love” (www.goo.gl/TkTpTV).
*United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography—Abridged Version. (Washington, D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2016). Copyright © 2016, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.