Merciful Father, Prince of Peace, spirit of Wisdom and Compassion, please look upon our brothers and sisters in Darfur, We humbly pray:
For those who have been subjected to violence: women, children, youth and old men, we ask for healing, consolation, and relief of further suffering … Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be;
For those who have done violence, we ask for healing, forgiveness, and the grace of conversion … Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be;
For those in authority throughout the world, we ask wisdom, creativity, compassion and courage in addressing this situation … Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be;
Lord Jesus, Your Sacred Heart burns for love of all your people. Please place in our hearts that same love and inspire us to have the courage, wisdom and ingenuity to take what measurers we can personally to relieve the suffering in Darfur. We pray this in the name of Jesus, our Lord, through the intercession of the sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Remember oh most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, oh Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Oh Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
(LaVerna Region is asked to pray this novena the third calendar week of February and the third calendar week of August).
Give us, O God, leaders whose hearts are large enough to match the breadth of our own souls and give us souls strong enough to follow leaders of vision and wisdom.
In seeking a leader, let us seek more than our own enhancement–though enhancement we hope for; more than security for our own plans and vision–though security we need; more than satisfaction of our own selfish wants–though many things we desire.
Give us the hearts to choose and follow the leader who will work with other leaders to bring Your will to the agenda and help us to fulfill it.
Give us leaders who lead us to virtue without seeking to impose their own version of virtue on others.
Give us leaders who will provide for the advancement of our Order without dictating to others to achieve it.
Give us insight enough ourselves to choose as leaders those who can tell strength from power, growth from greed, leadership from dominance, and real greatness from the trappings of grandiosity.
We trust you, Great God, to open our hearts to learn from those to whom you speak in different tongues and to respect the life and words of those to whom you entrusted the good of other parts of this globe.
We beg you, Great God, give us the vision as Secular Franciscans to know where holy leadership truly lies, to pursue it diligently, to ask it to respect the integrity of every person in the entire Order.
We ask these things, Great God, with minds open to your word and hearts that trust in your eternal care. Amen
O, Good and Gracious God
God of mercy, compassion, generosity, and love
As we live our lives today in the model of St. Francis,
choosing daily to live the Gospel life,
Help us to help others hear Your call,
Help us to help others to recognize
Their vocation as a Secular Franciscan
That You have already planted in their heart
Help us, so that together we all may work
to bring the Gospel to life. Amen!