• Introduction

    Welcome to this novena. ‘The Lord waits to be gracious to you!’ Our God is a gracious God and will attend lovingly to your prayer over these nine days. While God knows the special grace you may be asking for in this novena, it is right that you ask him for it. In prayer we give our attention, our desire and our time; that is our contribution to the encounter: God does the rest.

    Meeting the Lord

    Try to set aside some regular time daily for your prayer. When you are settled in your prayer chair, draw up another chair for the Lord, and imagine him gazing at you lovingly and humbly, as Saint Teresa of Avila says.

    If you are sick and in bed invite him to sit beside you in the visitor’s chair. You can spend time on this mutual gazing; it is consoling to gaze at someone who looks at you with great love. Next read the scripture text for the day slowly. Then ask the Lord to read it to you. Hear the tone of his voice, see his facial expression. He is speaking to you. Chat with him, as one friend would chat with another – as Saint Ignatius of Loyola puts it. Chat about what? About what he has read to you, about your relationship with him, your daily affairs, your hopes and fears, the persons and situations that you worry about. Imagine him responding to you.

    At the end, don’t just drift out of your prayer: say goodbye to your Guest, thank him for coming, and plan together when to meet again.

  • First day: God smiles on me

    Scripture

    ‘Jesus looked at the rich young man and loved him.’ (Mark 10:17)

    Reflection

    There was a French mystic who said: ‘Lord you gazed on me and you smiled!’ Imagine the Lord close to you and smiling. What better to do than to smile back? Allow yourself to do this and tell him how it makes you feel. Relax and enjoy being loved by him. 

    Today's Prayer

    Lord, I come to you full of needs. But my deepest need is to become more convinced of your love for me. Help me to believe that you do smile on me, now, tomorrow and always. Amen. Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in you. 

    Daily Invocation

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. 

    Novena Prayer

    Lord work on my heart until it becomes like your Sacred Heart. Give me hope. Then I can love you and all my sisters and brothers with the respect, compassion, and forgiveness that you have for everyone. I ask this in your name. Amen. I ask you to grant my special request during this novena (here mention your intention). If what I ask is not for my own good and the good of others, grant me what will most help to build up your kingdom of justice, love and peace. I make this prayer with confidence in your love. Amen

    Today's Music

    Song
    Holy is God

    Composer/Artist
    Liam Lawton

    Album
    A day of our own

    Publisher
    Veritas

     

  • Second day: The Lord invites me to be his friend

    Today's Scripture

    At the Last Supper Jesus gazed at the odd group he had gathered around him and spoke from his heart: ‘You are my friends!’ (John 15:12)

    Reflection for the Second Day

    Again picture the Lord close to you, speaking your name, gazing into your eyes and saying ‘You are my friend, and I love you!’ Talk with him about what that means to you. Perhaps you are often lonely and unsure of yourself. Let this word of Jesus capture you. (John 15:12)

    Today's Prayer

    Lord, let me not spend my life lamenting what I have lost. Let me trust that I am your friend and let that fill me with hope. Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in you. 

    Daily Invocation

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. 

    Novena Prayer

    Lord work on my heart until it becomes like your Sacred Heart. Give me hope. Then I can love you and all my sisters and brothers with the respect, compassion, and forgiveness that you have for everyone. I ask this in your name. Amen. I ask you to grant my special request during this novena (here mention your intention). If what I ask is not for my own good and the good of others, grant me what will most help to build up your kingdom of justice, love and peace. I make this prayer with confidence in your love. Amen

    Today's Music

    Song
    The Magnificat: glorify the Lord

    Composer/Artist
    Liam Lawton/Roisin Dempsey

    Album
    Ancient ways, future days

    Publisher
    Veritas

     

  • Third day: Thank God for creation

    Today's Scripture

    The Prophet Isaiah, like all the Prophets in a time when the people were low, celebrated God as creator of all, and saw God tenderly holding us by our right hand, saying: ‘Do not be afraid, for I will help you.’ (Isaiah 41:10)

    Reflection for the Third Day

    The conviction that it is God who makes the difference between life and death, brings creation alive for us, whether it is in a flower bursting into bloom again in Spring, a new child being born, or our mobile phone bringing loved ones nearer.

    Today's Prayer

    Comfort your people, O Lord, speak tenderly to us for it is you who makes the difference between life and death for us – you give us hope. Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in you.

    Daily Invocation

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

    Novena Prayer

    Lord work on my heart
    until it becomes like your Sacred Heart.
    Give me hope.
    Then I can love you and all my sisters and brothers
    with the respect, compassion, and forgiveness
    that you have for everyone.
    I ask this in your name.
    Amen.

    I ask you to grant
    my special request during this novena
    (here mention your intention).

    If what I ask is not for my own good
    and the good of others,
    grant me what will most help
    to build up your kingdom of justice, love and peace.
    I make this prayer with confidence in your love.
    Amen

    Today's Music

    Song
    The Lord's my shepherd

    Composer/Artist
    Jesse Irvine. Arranged by Ite O'Donovan/ Dublin Choral Foundation

    Album
    Wedding memories from Ireland

    Publisher
    Veritas

     

  • Fourth day: God meets me in all that happens to me!

    Today's Scripture

    On their way to Emmaus the two disciples were talking about Jesus’ death, when Jesus himself joined them and walked with them, but they did not recognise him. Later they remembered, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us?’ (Luke 24:32)

    Reflection for the Fourth Day

    If the disciples had not invited Jesus to have supper with them they would never have known that it was he who had walked with them and talked with them. Have you realised that God has been at work in your life maybe bringing good out of even the bad thing

     

    Today's Prayer

    Lord, you are so mysterious and so good! Let my heart be moved to thank you always and everywhere for the good things in my life, and to trust that you are busy also in its dark chapters, bringing good out of bad, always offering hope. Amen. Sacred Heart of

     

    Daily Invocation

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

     

    Novena Prayer

    Lord work on my heart
    until it becomes like your Sacred Heart.
    Give me hope.
    Then I can love you and all my sisters and brothers
    with the respect, compassion, and forgiveness
    that you have for everyone.
    I ask this in your name.
    Amen.

    I ask you to grant
    my special request during this novena
    (here mention your intention).

    If what I ask is not for my own good
    and the good of others,
    grant me what will most help
    to build up your kingdom of justice, love and peace.
    I make this prayer with confidence in your love.
    Amen

    Today's Music

    Song
    Sweet heart of Jesus

    Composer/Artist
    Traditional/James Kilbane

    Album
    Close to you

    Publisher
    Foxy discs

     
    www.jameskilbane.net

     

  • Fifth day: Lord, help me to see you in people

    Today's Scripture

    Jesus defined his mission in his hometown of Nazareth. (Luke 4:18) 

    Reflection for the Fifth Day

    Jesus works today in the eyes and hands of the many people who come into our lives, to see our needs and teach us, heal us, protect us, need us, feed us, pick us up, sing to us, make us laugh and love us. 

    Today's Prayer

    Help me today to be in some way your eyes to see how you see, your hands to do what you do, your heart to feel the compassion you feel, and to love as you love me. Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in you. 

    Daily Invocation

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

    Novena Prayer

    Lord work on my heart until it becomes like your Sacred Heart. Give me hope. Then I can love you and all my sisters and brothers with the respect, compassion, and forgiveness that you have for everyone. I ask this in your name. Amen. I ask you to grant my special request during this novena (here mention your intention). If what I ask is not for my own good and the good of others, grant me what will most help to build up your kingdom of justice, love and peace. I make this prayer with confidence in your love. Amen

    Today's Music

    Song
    You will be my witnesses

    Composer/Artist
    Marie Dunne/Patricia Bourke de Souza with the Saint John of God Choir

    Album
     

    Publisher
    Year of Vocation

     
    www.yourvocation.ie

  • Sixth day: ‘Caution, God at work!’

    Today's Scripture

    Once Jesus cured a man on the Sabbath and he was criticised. He replied that he was only doing what he saw his Father doing. (John 5:19)

    Reflection for the Sixth Day

    Cynically a writer thought that God must get bored with nothing to do all day. He could not imagine God being so involved in the lives of his people, God getting his hands dirty. St Ignatius said God labours constantly, but the word ‘labour’ here means to struggle, sweat and strain up to your knees in muck! Well the crucifixion is a good example of it.

    Today's Prayer

    Lord, thank you for being so involved in our world, for bringing hope. Help me to see your hands at work in my days. Grant that all I do and all that I suffer may work with you to help and encourage all those in need of your love and compassion. 

    Daily Invocation

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. 

    Novena Prayer

    Lord work on my heart until it becomes like your Sacred Heart. Give me hope. Then I can love you and all my sisters and brothers with the respect, compassion, and forgiveness that you have for everyone. I ask this in your name. Amen. I ask you to grant my special request during this novena (here mention your intention). If what I ask is not for my own good and the good of others, grant me what will most help to build up your kingdom of justice, love and peace. I make this prayer with confidence in your love. Amen

    Today's Music

    Song  

     

    How great thou art

    Composer/Artist  

     

    Traditional, K. Hine Stuart Public Domain Manna Music/James Kilbane

    Album  

     

    Divine Love

    Publisher  

     

    Foxy Music

     

  • Seventh day: God is close to all who are in any kind of need

    Today's Scripture

    Jesus identified himself with those in need, and warned, ‘What you do to the least of these, who are members of my family, you do to me.’ (Matthew 25:40)

    Reflection for the Seventh Day

    Jesus cares particularly for the many who suffer loss today, whether it be the loss of employment, of their home, of the means to provide for their families; the loss of their loved ones, their health, their peace of mind, or even their hope. He wants to touch them and embrace them, and make them whole. We are only saved with love.

    Today's Prayer

    Lord, give me a heart of compassion and teach me to treat all who suffer losses with respect and understanding.

    Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in you.

    Daily Invocation

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

    Novena Prayer

    Lord work on my heart
    until it becomes like your Sacred Heart.
    Give me hope.
    Then I can love you and all my sisters and brothers
    with the respect, compassion, and forgiveness
    that you have for everyone.
    I ask this in your name.
    Amen.

    I ask you to grant
    my special request during this novena
    (here mention your intention).

    If what I ask is not for my own good

    and the good of others,
    grant me what will most help
    to build up your kingdom of justice, love and peace.
    I make this prayer with confidence in your love.
    Amen.

    Today's Music

    Song

     

    Lie you still

    Composer/Artist

     

    Mark Armstrong/Deirdre Ní Chinnéide

    Album

     

    Celtic Passage

    Publisher

     

    Sounds True

     
    www.deirdrenichinneide.com

     

  • Eighth day: Pray for the world that feels betrayed

     

    Today's Scripture

    As his passion was beginning Jesus knew how it would devastate his disciples,
    so he told Peter, ‘I have prayed for you.’ Peter found the strength to come through it and support the others. 
    (Luke 22:32)

    Reflection for the Eighth Day

    The theologian Chardin speaks of the two hands of God: with one hand God holds you carefully, with the other he shapes your life and the whole universe. Notice how his wounded hand works to restore the damage done to us, like a painter carefully restoring a damaged masterpiece – remember you are that work of art!

     

    Today's Prayer

    Imagine Jesus leaning forward, speaking your name and saying: ‘I have prayed for you.’ Feel the support of that prayer. Jesus might add, ‘When you pray for people you care about, I am praying beside you.’ We pray together for the whole world to have the strength to come through hard times knowing you are with us.

    Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in you.

    Daily Invocation

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

    Novena Prayer

    Lord work on my heart
    until it becomes like your Sacred Heart.
    Give me hope.
    Then I can love you and all my sisters and brothers
    with the respect, compassion, and forgiveness
    that you have for everyone.
    I ask this in your name.
    Amen.

    I ask you to grant
    my special request during this novena
    (here mention your intention).

    If what I ask is not for my own good

    and the good of others,
    grant me what will most help
    to build up your kingdom of justice, love and peace.
    I make this prayer with confidence in your love.
    Amen

    Today's Music

    Song

     

    You raise me up

    Composer/Artist

     

    R. Loveland. Brendan Graham

    Album

     

    Celtic woman: the greatest journey

    Publisher

     

    Peer Music/Universal Music

     
    www.celticwoman.com

     

  • Ninth day: Lord, make me grateful for your goodness

    Today's Scripture

    Jesus cured ten lepers but only one returned to thank him. Jesus was hurt, and asked: ‘Has no one returned to give thanks to God except this Samaritan?’  (Luke 17:11)

    Reflection for the Ninth Day

    St. Ignatius liked to say that God is good. He is like a lover, wanting to give everything including himself to his beloved. According to Jewish Tradition, God will ask us only one question when we meet him after death: ‘Did you enjoy my creation?’ Don’t wait till then to say ‘Thanks!’ Appreciate the now. 

    Today's Prayer

    Thank you Lord for your love, which will guide us through the darkest days and help us to bring hope and inspiration to others. Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in you.

    Daily Invocation

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

    Novena Prayer

    Lord work on my heart until it becomes like your Sacred Heart. Give me hope. Then I can love you and all my sisters and brothers with the respect, compassion, and forgiveness that you have for everyone. I ask this in your name. Amen. I ask you to grant my special request during this novena (here mention your intention). If what I ask is not for my own good and the good of others, grant me what will most help to build up your kingdom of justice, love and peace. I make this prayer with confidence in your love. Amen

    Today's Music

    Song

     

    How can I repay the Lord?

    Composer/Artist

     

    Liam Lawton

    Album

     

    A day of our own

    Publisher

     

    Veritas

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