54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 7

Day 7

Many children, and even some adults fear the dark. It is that place of the unknown, where the “bogey man” and other mysterious creatures lurk. In a sense, that is not far from the truth. The devil and his minions all lurk in the darkness. They abhor the light and go to great length to avoid it. Many crimes also happen in the darkness. Darkness makes it ideal for these people since it is harder to see someone is up to mischief.When we were baptized, original sin was washed away, and we were filled with sanctifying grace. Grace is the very touch of God, it is His abiding presence in our souls. Jesus said: “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn 8:12). To live in a state of grace means that we God lives within us. When we live in sin, especially mortal sin, there are crevices for the demons to hide and doors for them to come in. Whoever lives in a constant state of mortal sin not only endangers their immortal soul, but is the playground for the evil one. As also the one who lives in  sanctifying grace becomes the living garden of God’s grace and presence. The light increases in the souls of God’s friends through an active sacramental life and a life of prayerful union with God. We become a dwelling place of God, of light. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 5:14-16). The faithful child of God becomes a light to the world around him.

Quotes:

“Prayer is the light of the soul, giving us true knowledge of God.” – St. John Chrysostom

“If I ever become a Saint–I will surely be one of ‘darkness.’ I will continually be absent from Heaven–to light the light of those in darkness on earth.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta

“Great and glorious God, and Thou Lord Jesus, I pray you shed abroad your light in the darkness of my mind. Be found of me, Lord, so that in all things I may act only in accordance with Thy holy will.” – St. Francis of Assisi

“Don’t let your life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail. Shine forth with the light of your faith… and light up all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you carry in your heart.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
 
Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.
 
In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, snow white buds to remind thee of thy joys, each bud recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee, thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!
 
Say: The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
The Annunciation – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Visitation – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Nativity – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of detachment from the world and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Presentation – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of purity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of obedience to the will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
Say: The Hail Holy Queen.
In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary …
 
Intentions:
 
For the spiritual and temporal needs of Holy Ghost Parish, and the personal intentions of all praying this novena. (Add your own personal intentions.)
 
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