THE NINE-DAY NOVENA — July 25–August 2
WITHOUT IT, NOTHING IS POSSIBLE. Faith. Even people who deny God must have faith in themselves to accomplish a task. Our age has all but lost its faith. Our Lady tells us why She comes:
Faith is in crisis. Our Lady tells us: Faith is on the verge of being extinguished; many Christians live as pagans; there are few true believers.
When Our Lady first appeared in Medjugorje, on the third day She said regarding the Franciscans:
June 27, 1981
On the very next day, She said, when asked what Her wish was:
June 28, 1981
Three days in a row, Our Lady tells the visionaries what She expects of them.
June 29, 1981
During the next several months, Our Lady says repeatedly: “Deepen your faith,”…strengthen your faith with prayer,”…“faith will not know how to be alive without prayer.” These were among the first words spoken in the first few days and months of the apparitions by Our Lady. Because faith is mentioned so frequently in the beginning of Her apparitions, this signifies the importance of a crisis of faith during our time.
Faith is crucial and it is what will be tested the most in our walk with Our Lady’s plans. Once strengthened, it will sustain us as the foundation of our life and help us to maintain peace in the midst of war.
December 31, 1981
Medjugorje is a “witness,” an “example,” and a “prophecy” regarding what many in the world will go through both physically and spiritually. The purpose of the war that took place in Bosnia and the surrounding area gives testimony to all three of the above …. It is a witness because they are chosen to be a light through prayer to all the world.
August 25, 1989
Medjugorje is an example to show when we walk the path with Our Lady but do not convert, do not change, do not accept the messages or get tired and quit, how badly things will go. There is a serious responsibility of being a witness; to live that to which we are called. Our Lady tried repeatedly to warn them to listen to Her, to accept Her message with seriousness and She said there are those who do not want to accept Her. She finally warned them of their future which was not guaranteed peace but connected to their accepting Her.
March 21, 1985
It is a prophesy to show what awaits the world and to give testimony and proof to Her message. The war that took place in Bosnia gives us Hope and Faith for our future. The war was among Croatians, Serbs, and Muslims - all living in close proximity, even as neighbors. The hatred among these three was such that there could be no end to this war - neighbor killed neighbor, children were killed, atrocities of such a degree that many could not forgive. There was no solution - no way out. All who knew the complexity and horror of this war knew it was an impossible war to stop. Yet, Our Lady said that through fasting and prayer, even war can be stopped.
July 21, 1982
After over two years of war which could not humanly be stopped, Our Lady said to us through Marija:
February 25, 1994
This is an incredible prophecy. Our Lady revealed how to stop it. This war was started by man who was invited to change and would not. This war had no chance of a solution after numerous cease fires and treaties. Then, after exhausting human endeavors through the political route and realizing the futility of them and then remembering Our Lady and turning to Her, crying out to Her in prayer and suffering, it was then that Our Lady revealed that God had decided this impossible war would stop because man had finally understood and responded. We needed this painful lesson for our future. It is prophetic because much of the world now finds themselves in impossible situations and will again in the future, ones without escape, with no way out. What a beautiful gift and prophecy. As these situations seem hopeless and many are losing faith, this “witness,” this “example,” this “prophecy” gives us hope and faith that God will find a solution. Reasoning it out, our faith will be strengthened when we look at the past as though through a window and see clearly that things did not go well for people when they did not respond and when they tried to remedy their own situation; but when they realized they had to place their faith in Our Lady to find relief they were told God will grant an end. It is time to gain might and strength in faith so that we will be able to stand the test through which we surely will have to go in the future. These thoughts are to be read, thought about, and kept in our heart during the next nine days.
TO BE SAID DAILY:
Mary, we give you this novena for your intentions for December 8-12, for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, for massive conversions, for trhe fulfillment of all your plans, and the initiation of new plans to reconcile ourselves, our families, and our nation back to God.
TO BE SAID DAILY:
Prayer to Heal Our Land
LORD, WHO ARE WE AS A PEOPLE, having been given blessings in portions as no other nation before us? What has become of us, Father? We have spoiled your spacious skies with buildings and cities breathing with sin. The amber waves of grain are no longer viewed as our blessing but as our due. The awe and reverence due You when we gaze upon the purple mountains and their majesty is no longer held; rather, how much pleasure they can give us. Father, we have spurned You. We’ve blamed our problems on those who promote darkness, but You gave us time with Your Mother. Now our eyes have been opened by Her. Our lack of holiness, our not being light has allowed darkness to prevail. Indeed, our sins which we wrongly view as small have allowed those in darkness to commit great sins without shame. We now realize it’s because of our failings as Christians. Father, Samuel told your people, “It is true you have committed all this evil, still you must not turn from the Lord, but worship Him with your whole heart. For the sake of His own great name, the Lord will not abandon his own people.” Father, we come before You with our whole hearts and ask You to grant Our Lady Her intentions.
Mary, we do not deserve to even be heard, yet we know Your Son’s passion merits that we are. Mary, we call You as You have called us. Please, intercede before God to forgive us, to heal us, to heal our families, and to heal our nation.
Father, grant Mary’s intentions and hear Her pleas for us. We know you are justly irritated with us but we beg and plead for forgiveness through our repentance from our hearts. We realize our nation is headed toward disaster by so many signs You have given us. Holy, Holy, Holy God, grant Mary Her requests that we may again be your people, not a nation above God but one nation humbled and under God. Amen.
TO BE SAID DAILY: 1984-1985
Day 1, Saturday, July 25
Day 2, Sunday, July 26
Day 3, Monday, July 27
Day 4, Tuesday, July 28
Day 5, Wednesday, July 29
Day 6, Thursday, July 30
Day 7, Friday, July 31
Day 8, Saturday, August 1
Day 9, Sunday, August 2
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