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 Seven: Friday, January 27, 2017
Intercession: May those who long for a child of their own be filled with trust in God’s loving plan.
Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: It can be very difficult and painful when the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers the way we hope. We may have many doubts and questions, wondering why we face the challenges that we do. Yet even though our suffering is often shrouded in a sense of mystery, we believe that the Lord loves us with great tenderness and compassion that is beyond our imagination. Knowing this, we can trust that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28).
Acts of Reparation (choose one):
- Ask God today for the grace to be extra joyful and share Christ’s love with those who need encouragement the most today.
- Today, pray the Rosary, or even just a decade, for someone who has hurt or disappointed you, and ask for the grace to forgive that person. (Pro-Life Rosary Prayer Intentions: goo.gl/cUf6kj)
- We can sometimes forget how blessed we are to have many of our daily comforts. Give up sleeping on your pillow tonight.
One Step Further: “Seven Considerations While Navigating Infertility” (www.goo.gl/qUXiGg) seeks to provide compassionate guidance that is both practical and informative for married couples who are walking on this road. Although geared to such couples, the article is also helpful for anyone to read, offering insight into the experience of infertility and giving awareness of the need for sensitivity in our relationships with those who may be affected.
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