54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 40

Day 40

We were created for one purpose and one purpose only – to become a saint. The Second Vatican Council expressed this divine call in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church entitled Lumen Gentium (Christ Light of the Nations): “all the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity” (V). Through the gift of Baptism, the soul is cleansed of original sin and restored to sanctifying grace. Holiness is no more than living in union with Jesus Christ. Now this is not some superficial union, but a union of life, life, and will. To be a saint means that the soul is living in complete harmony with the will of God. Each one of us struggles daily to conform ourselves to the person of Jesus Christ. It is a life work, because when we think we have made it, we have only just begun. St. Paul summarizes sanctity in this one sentence: “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).

Quotes:

“Saints are not born, saints are made.” – Eileen George

“The saints expressed in various ways the powerful and transforming presence of the Risen One.” – Pope Benedict XVI

“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena

“The saints are the only really happy people on earth.” – Fr. John Hardon, S.J.

“Don’t be afraid of the radicalness of His demands… If He asks much of you it is because He knows you can give much.” – Pope John Paul II

“Great saints have often been made out of great sinners, but not one was ever made out of a wimp.” – Peter Kreeft

“It is a dangerous thing to be satisfied with ourselves.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“You cannot be half a saint. You must be a whole saint or no saint at all.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

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!

In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I gratefully 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 ten 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 thanksgiving; from thy bounty thou hast given me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly sought. I despaired not of what I asked of thee, and thou hast truly shown 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 …

In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this Spiritual Communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow in thanksgiving for (specify request) which thou in thy love hast obtained for me. Hail, Mary, etc.

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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