54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 23

Day 23

Love has become so confused, distorted, and twisted, that most people no longer know what love is. People confuse love with an emotion. Many would say: “When that feeling of love for another is gone, I must no longer love them, so it’s time to move on to someone that I have a feeling for.” But if love is only a passing emotion, there is no substance to love and it can never be trusted, people can never be trusted. But true love is a commitment. It’s a willingness to be there, an stand by the other person in the most difficult circumstances. When someones spouse comes down with an incurable illness, or lies in a coma unable to communicate, true love remains faithful. The greatest example of love comes from God Himself. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16). Who in their right mind would give up his “only Son?” A person who is madly in love with the other. So if God, loves us, we must love God in return. The best example of human love is the Christian martyr. Only a person deeply in love with hi God would be willing to die for their belief in in. And, only a person deeply in love with his God would be willing to live for Him. Saint Paul reminds us that everything we have will no longer exist at the end of this life. Faith will be gone, because we will see face-to-face. Hope will be gone, because what we have longed for will be fulfilled. But love will remain, because those who are faithful will be with their Beloved for all eternity.

Quotes:

“Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away” (1 For 13:8).

You know that our Lord does not look at the greatness or difficulty of our action, but at the love with which you do it. What, then, have you to fear? – St Thérèse of Lisieux

Pure love … knows that only one thing is needed to please God: to do even the smallest things out of great love – love, and always love. – St. Faustina’s Diary #140

The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist. – Pope St. Gregory the Great

The things that we love tell us what we are. – Saint Thomas Aquinas

Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self. – St. Teresa of Calcutta

O Jesus, I know it, love is repaid by love alone, and so I searched and I found the way to solace my heart by giving you love for love. – St Thérèse of Lisieux

The Sorrowful 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, blood red roses to remind thee of the passion of thy divine Son, with Whom thou didst so fully partake of its bitterness, each rose 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 Agony in the Garden – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of resignation to the will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Scourging at the Pillar – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of mortification and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Crowning with Thorns – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with  a petition for the virtue of humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Carrying of the Cross – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of patience in adversity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Crucifixion – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of love of our enemies 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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