THE NINE-DAY NOVENA - December 4-12,
SHORTLY BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR, things were very bleak in the United States economy and in the country. The future did not look good. Ten men in New York began to meet at lunch and pray. Others soon joined and before long at lunchtime in the streets of New York, 10,000 people were praying daily for the healing of the nation. It was healed but not as expected. Rather it happened through the purification of a Civil War.
Knowing the past will help you know the future. The revival which took place in New York birthed many movements which still exist today. People then were much the same in spirit as the people today - not praying, gloating over human achievements, etc. A great deal is said of the state of our nation’s spirit by a statement written by Abraham Lincoln:
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.
“But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these things were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”
We believe we are in the same situation today and that these five days (December 8-12) are days of rebirth, of revival for our nation, but we must remember the past. Healing does not come without pain. An evil tumor is not removed without surgical procedures which are painful in themselves but bring about healing. Our nation was and is to be a light to other nations. It was founded on Biblical, Christian principles. Its founders used the Bible to form and mold this nation. Perhaps as no other nation in history, we, like St Paul, can “boast” that God’s hand laid heavily upon our founding. Yet now so many deny God in virtually everything. We blame those in darkness but we realize now that chastisement, about which Our Lady has spoken, is because of our failure to carry the torch. It is we who have allowed darkness to prevail, many times even cooperating with it and participating in it. Chastisement will come because of our failures as Christians. Yet this is our security for the Father knows best what we need to draw us close to Him, and every good father disciplines his children. We must not be announcers of doom, rather of joy and light because for a Christian the future is one of salvation. So we look for a bright future, full of hope, even though we may have a difficult path to follow to get there. The following novena is to be prayed with these thoughts in our hearts to heal us, our families, and our nation.
All the following messages were given by Our Lady from this valley.
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: THE NOVEMBER 25, 1988 MESSAGE
Day 1, Friday, December 4
Day 2, Saturday, December 5
Day 3, Sunday, December 6
Day 4, Monday, December 7
Day 5, Tuesday, December 8
Day 6, Wednesday, December 9
Day 7, Thursday, December 10
Day 8, Friday, December 11
Day 9, Saturday, December 12
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