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Take three minutes and pray with me today, for life. Day #9 of the USCCB’s Nine Days of Prayer novena to build a culture of life (Prayers & links here)

Screen Shot 2013-01-16 at 4.13.04 PMEven though this is the last day of the Nine Days, if you’ve missed out on joining in, you can start your own nine day novena for life right now! There’s no limit to how and when this novena gets prayed. Learn more about the Nine Days initiative and find PDF’s with the prayers, as well as more links here.

This is from the USCCB website...

Intercession: For repentance, healing and peace, in every heart and every nation.

 

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

 

Reflection: Today is the memorial of St. Angela Merici, foundress of the religious community now known as the Ursuline nuns. Living in northern Italy in the early 1500s, she was moved by the needs of young girls in the community, who were poor and uneducated. She responded to the girls’ needs by educating them in the Gospel. Her example reminds us that to share Christ with those in need is to share news of great joy. “…for today is holy to our LORD. Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10) We hear these words proclaimed in today’s first reading. The message of the Gospel of Life is one of great joy! Our call to live this Gospel is not marked with sadness and despair, but with hope, expectation and exuberant joy. “It is up to you, young followers of Christ, to show the world that faith brings happiness and a joy which is true, full and enduring.… The Gospel is the “good news” that God loves us and that each of us is important to him. Show the world that this is true!” (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 27th World Youth Day, March 15, 2012).

 

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Spend quality time with a family member or friend; ask them if they would like to help out at a local charity with you.
  • Say three Hail Mary’s for your parish priest. Without our priests, we could not have the sacraments.
  • Make a “quiet hour” today, turning off all electronic devices (cell phone, iPod, computer, television, radio, video game system), and retreat to your room.