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THE NINE-DAY NOVENA — Oct. 25–Nov. 2

Nation


ONE OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS of the United States, George Mason, made the following statement about how God deals with nations which have no spirit, when as a nation they do wrong. 
 

“As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.”
 

For years Our Lady has told us, invited us, and encouraged us toward reconciling, as a people as well as individually, back to God. We now see plainly the price that was paid by the people in former Yugoslavia for not heeding Her call. The following novena should be prayed with these thoughts about our own nation in mind.


TO BE SAID DAILY:

Intentions

 

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 APRIL 25, 1992 MESSAGE

 

“Dear children, today also I invite you to prayer. Only by prayer and fasting can war be stopped. Therefore, my dear little children, pray and by your life give witness that you are mine and that you belong to me, because satan wishes in these turbulent days to seduce as many souls as possible. Therefore, I invite you to decide for God and He will protect you and show you what you should do and which path to take. I invite all those who have said “yes” to me to renew their consecration to My Son, Jesus, and to His heart and to me so we can take you more intensely as instruments of peace in this unpeaceful world. Medjugorje is a sign to all of you and a call to pray and live the days of grace that God is giving you. Therefore, dear children, accept the call to prayer with seriousness. I am with you and your suffering is also mine. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

 

Day 1, Sunday, October 25

 
“Dear children, today I invite you in a special way to pray for the plans of God to be fulfilled: first of all with you, then with this parish which God Himself has chosen. Dear children, to be chosen by God is really something great, but it is also a responsibility for you to pray more, for you, the chosen ones, to encourage others so you can be a light for people in darkness…” July 30, 1987

 

Day 2, Monday, October 26

 

“Dear children, in a special way this evening, I am calling you during Lent to honor the wounds of my Son, which He received from the sins of this parish. Unite yourselves with my prayers for the parish so that His sufferings may be bearable. Thank you for having responded to my call. Try to come in ever greater numbers.” March 22, 1984

 

Day 3, Tuesday, October 27

 
“Dear children, these days satan is manifesting himself in a special way in this parish. Pray, dear children, that God’s plan is brought into effect and that every work of satan ends up for the glory of God. I have stayed with you this long so I might help you along in your trials. Thank you for having responded to my call.” February 7, 1985

 
Day 4, Wednesday, October 28

 
“Dear children, today I thank you for every opening of your hearts. Joy overtakes me for every heart that is opened to God especially from the parish. Rejoice with me! Pray all the prayers for the opening of sinful hearts. I desire that. God desires that through me. Thank you for having responded to my call.” April 18, 1985

 

Day 5, Thursday, October 29

 

Regarding Russia:
 

“The Russian people will be the people who will glorify God the most. Regarding the West: the West has made civilization progress, but without God, as if they were their own creators.” October, 1981

 

To Ivanka:
 

“You, the members of this parish, have a large and heavy cross to bear; but do not be afraid to carry it. My Son is here to help you.” April 5, 1985 (Good Friday)


Regarding Poland—a nation decidedly turning in its struggle away from evils toward good:


“There will be great conflicts, but in the end, the just will take over.” October, 1981

 

Day 6, Friday, October 30

 

“Dear children, today like never, I call you to pray for peace; for peace in you hearts, peace in your families, and peace in the whole world, because satan wants war, wants lack of peace, wants to destroy all which is good. Therefore, dear children, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.” March 25, 1993

 

Day 7, Saturday, October 31

 
“Christians make a mistake in considering the future because they think of wars and of evil. For a Christian, there is only one attitude toward the future. It is hope of salvation.” August, 1984

“If you think of evil, punishment, wars, you are on the road to meeting them. Your responsibility is to accept Divine peace, live it, and spread it.” August, 1984

 

Day 8, Sunday, November 1

 

“Dear children, today in a special way I bring the little Jesus to you, that He may bless you with His blessing of peace and love. Dear children, do not forget that this is a grace which many people neither understand nor accept. Therefore, you who have said that you are mine and seek my help, give all of yourself. First of all, give your love and an example in your families. You say that Christmas is a family feast, therefore, dear children, put God in the first place in your families so that He may give you peace and may protect you not only from war, but also during peace, protect you from every satanic attack. When God is with you, you have everything. But when you do not want Him, then you are miserable and lost, and you do not know on whose side you are. Therefore, dear children, decide for God and then you will get everything. Thank you for having responded to my call.” December 25, 1991

 

Day 9, Monday, November 2

 

“I have come because there are many true believers here. I wish to be with you to convert and to reconcile the whole world…” June 26, 1981

 

“Peace, Peace, Peace! Be reconciled! Only Peace. Make your peace with God and among yourselves. For that, it is necessary to believe, to pray, to fast, and to go to confession…” June 26, 1981

 

“I am happy because you have begun to prepare the monthly observance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. That will be good for the whole world. Persevere in prayer. It is the true way which leads you toward My Son.” October 1, 1982

 

Concerning Confession:


“One must invite people to go to Confession each month, especially the first Saturday. Here, I have not spoken about it yet. I have invited people to frequent Confession. I will give you yet some concrete messages for our time. Be patient because the time has not yet come. Do what I have told you. They are numerous who do not observe it. Monthly Confession will be a remedy for the Church in the West. One must convey this message to the West.” August 6, 1982 (THE TRANSFIGURATION)

 

This is not to say these things are not part of purification and the world will not see many of these, but, rather, Our Lady wants us, Her children, to preoccupy ourselves with holiness with a bright future, full of hope, faith, and charity. Our victory is salvation, if we live our Christianity. Wars, punishments, and evil are for those who do not. Our only connection to these events is to help us expiate our past sins.
 

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