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  • Day 46 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/29/2016 8:02:59 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 29, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 46 – MARY, QUEEN ASSUMED INTO HEAVEN, PRAY FOR US BORDER WALKERS Priest: Bishop. Robert Barron says, “A priest prays for others, intercedes, and performs sacrifices. Priests are border walkers. They walk the border between heaven and earth. They are mediators as friends of God and friends of the human race. They bring divinity and humanity together. It means you must be a person of prayer — intercessory prayer — prayer on behalf of others. It pleases God to channel his providential care precisely through us and through the instrumentality of our prayer.” Recall the last line of the...
  • Day 45 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/28/2016 6:57:09 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 28, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 45 – MARY, QUEEN CONCEIVED WITHOUT ORIGINAL SIN, PRAY FOR US YOU ARE A COMMISSIONED OFFICER Admission into Christ’s elite fighting force begins by knowing that by your baptism you have been “commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill a most dramatic mission; it is the mission of saving souls. This mission cannot be accomplished without entering into conflict with ‘the world, the flesh and the devil.’ It is not a mission for the fainthearted or for those who wish to take the wide road to heaven. It is the path of warfare, of spiritual battle.” “Holiness,” writes...
  • Day 44 - Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/27/2016 7:14:05 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 27, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 44 – MARY, QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS, PRAY FOR US “CAN’T QUIT – WON’T FALL – PUT ME IN THE FIGHT!” The Soldier’s Creed of the United States Army states: “I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.” Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens said: “One of the things that makes a warrior into a warrior is that they are dedicated to developing their strength in service to others.” Whether it’s a Navy SEAL or a saint, we admire those who put it all on the line — go “all in!” —...
  • Day 42 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/25/2016 7:22:10 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 25, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 42 – MARY, QUEEN OF CONFESSORS, PRAY FOR US YOU MADE US FOR YOURSELF The unfortunate reality is that the modern campaign of militant secular indoctrination has been so severe that fewer remain who believe or trust in God’s supernatural power. In spiritual terms, this makes us puny and scrawny rather than strong and powerful mighty warriors ready to confront the powers of darkness in the heavenly realm. With so many modernized Christians ignoring the reality of grace, it is no wonder that evil is thriving in our day. In speaking of the need for a New Evangelization, Pope...
  • Day 41 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/24/2016 8:34:54 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 24, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 41 – MARY, QUEEN OF MARTYRS, PRAY FOR US GOD STRONG The U.S. Army ran a very effective “Army Strong” advertising campaign to recruit soldiers. The key message was: “There is strong, and then there is Army Strong.” The commercial goes on to say, “It is a strength like none other. It is a physical strength. It is an emotional strength. It is strength of character. It is strength of purpose. The strength to do good today, and the strength to do well tomorrow. The strength to obey, and the strength to command. The strength to build, and the...
  • Day 40 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/23/2016 7:44:48 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 23, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 40 – MARY, QUEEN OF APOSTLES, PRAY FOR US DIVINE CONNECTION The Gospel story Pope John Paul II sets as the foundation for his new millennium appeal is the “Call of the First Disciples” (Lk 5:1-11). This is the classic scene in which Jesus tells Peter to “Put out into deep water (duc in altum), and let down the nets for a catch.” Peter’s response is: “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” They proceed to catch the maximum amount of fish their nets can...
  • Day 39 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/22/2016 7:23:44 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 22, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 39 – MARY, QUEEN OF PROPHETS, PRAY FOR US ONE THING NECESSARY Pope Benedict XVI said, “The heart open to God, purified by contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and weapons of every kind … the Evil One has power in this world, as we experience continually; he has power because our freedom continually lets itself be led away from God.” This brings us to the key to Pope John Paul II’s master plan for the new millennium, as he asks us to set aside our disconnected busy-ness, and to start fresh by contemplating the face of Christ....
  • Day 38 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/21/2016 7:50:31 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 21, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 38 – MARY, QUEEN OF ANGELS, PRAY FOR US LOVE DEMANDS EFFORT Throughout all of salvation history we see such cries as “Let his face shine upon you” (Nm 6:25) and “Do not hide your face from me” (Ps 27:9, 69:17, 102:3). This face-to-face, “look-me-in-the-eye” bonding is essential in understanding the necessity for making a semper fi connection with Christ. This kind of face-to-face encounter with God changes everything as it calls forth, quite literally, a transformation that cannot be undone. It marks a major shift away from a “face-in-the-crowd,” “Christian in name only,” “do-only-what’s-minimally-required” empty religiosity, into a...
  • Day 37 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/20/2016 8:26:33 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 20, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 37 – MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS, PRAY FOR US SET THE WORLD ABLAZE The word “courage” actually derives its meaning from a Latin root word “cor” which means “heart.” It means we are never more courageous than when we “have the courage of our convictions,” that is, when we live from the heart, remaining true to who we really are. Lombardi was courageous because he simply yielded to his raison d‘être, his reason for existence. St. Catherine of Siena put it this way: “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” Who are...
  • Day 36 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/19/2016 5:32:33 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 19, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 36 – MARY, COMFORTER OF THE AFFLICTED, PRAY FOR US SUPERIOR IDEAL Among the ways we have just let Coach Vince Lombardi inspire us, let’s focus on the most important one: He went to Mass and received Communion every day of his life. Pope John Paul II said the Holy Eucharist “contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ Himself.” Precisely during a time when our culture was becoming disconnected from their True Source, Vince Lombardi remained firmly and wholly connected to his. No matter what Lombardi dedicated himself to, he never abandoned his true self as a child of...
  • Day 35 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/18/2016 11:45:46 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 18, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 35 – MARY, REFUGE OF SINNERS, PRAY FOR US CATCH EXCELLENCE The desire to enter the fight is a desire to enter into a genuine training in holiness, pursuing the goal of becoming one of God’s champions. St. Paul put it this way: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a...
  • Day 34 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/17/2016 10:35:03 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 17, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 34 – MARY, HEALTH OF THE SICK, PRAY FOR US THIS DAY WE FIGHT Spiritually speaking, the devil is doing all that he can to catch us isolated and unarmed on the battlefield — no spiritual armor, no spiritual weapons, and no comrades in the heavenly realm to fight alongside of us. In other words, the reason evil is promoted so effectively today is because we’re ignoring God’s offer of supernatural strength and power and ignoring the mightiest of all allied forces: the Communion of Saints. C.S. Lewis wrote, “Enemy-occupied territory — that is what this world is. Christianity...
  • Day 33 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/16/2016 7:48:25 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 16, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 33 – MARY, MORNING STAR, PRAY FOR US UNITY IN TRUTH Devil’s Tactic #2 – Divide and Conquer The second modern tactic of the devil is actually the very ancient military strategy of “divide and conquer.” This strategy is defined as one that separates a force that would be stronger if united. As we said, the devil is roaming around like a lion that sizes up the herd to find the easiest target. He is also watching to see who is separated from the herd. Large, coordinated forces are difficult to defeat. If the enemy can separate us into...
  • Day 32 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/15/2016 7:49:41 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 15, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 32 – MARY, GATE OF HEAVEN, PRAY FOR US STATE OF GRACE Devil’s Tactic #1 – Cut us off from our supply lines The first major strategy from the father of lies is actually as old as the Garden of Eden itself. It is simply to convince us we do not need God (Gen. 3:5-6), nor do we need his strength and his power (Eph. 6:10). In modern times, we have witnessed this in the effective campaign of militant secularists who have sought to de-mythologize our faith, a flat out rejection of the supernatural power of God. Once the...
  • Day 31 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/14/2016 6:38:13 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 14, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 31 – MARY, ARK OF THE COVENANT, PRAY FOR US RECON Any combat training and tactical planning begins with a process of intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination. Recon (reconnaissance) is a military term used to determine the enemy force’s disposition and intention, gathering information (or intelligence) about an enemy’s composition and capabilities. Dr. Peter Kreeft wrote: “You cannot win a war if you are unwilling to admit we are even at war or you don’t know who your enemy is or you don’t know what strategy your enemy is using.” We have all witnessed how the dry wind of...
  • Day 30 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/13/2016 7:28:53 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 13, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 30 – MARY, HOUSE OF GOLD, PRAY FOR US SANCTIFY YOURSELF Pope Urban II launched the First Crusade in 1095 with the primary goal of the Christian re-conquest of the sacred city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. So great was the pope’s speech in Clermont, France, on that day that the crowd was inspired to cry out: “Deus Vult! Deus Vult!” (“It is the will of God! It is the will of God!”). This became the battle cry of brave and noble knights who sought to recover that holy ground. In our vastly secularized modern world, the need...
  • Day 29 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/12/2016 7:51:23 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 12, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 29 – MARY, TOWER OF IVORY, PRAY FOR US! SUMMONED TO COURAGE A society increasingly disengaged from the Divine Life has no place to go but down. Definitely not progress, but a radical descent away from our greatest potential. “Tens of millions of unborn babies have been slaughtered; illegitimacy rates have soared; divorce has skyrocketed; pornography is rampant; drug use has exploded; sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS have killed millions; birth control is a way of life; sex outside of wedlock has become the norm; countless children have been permanently damaged — their innocence lost forever — because...
  • Day 28 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/11/2016 7:03:21 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 11, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 28 – MARY, TOWER OF DAVID, PRAY FOR US! DRAW YOUR STRENGTH FROM THE LORD “We belong to the Church Militant; and she is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass her destruction.” – Venerable Pius XII Pope Benedict XVI stated that we are facing a critical moment: “In vast areas of the earth the faith risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel.” The pope warned, “We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today …...
  • Day 27 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/10/2016 7:20:09 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 10, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 27 – MARY, MYSTICAL ROSE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF CHASTITY! GOD’S WORD “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22) “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16) HEROES’ WORDS “Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the...
  • Day 26 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/09/2016 12:52:17 PM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 9, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 26 – MARY, SINGULAR VESSEL OF DEVOTION, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF CONTINENCE! GOD’S WORD “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28) “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) “But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should...
  • Day 25 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/08/2016 6:13:12 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 8, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 25 – MARY, VESSEL OF HONOR, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF MODESTY! GOD’S WORD “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’” (1 Samuel 16:7) HEROES’ WORDS “The dress of the body should not discredit the good of the soul.” St. Cyprian “The purpose of clothing is to keep warm in winter and to cover your nakedness, not to serve...
  • Day 24 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/07/2016 7:38:21 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 7, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 24 – MARY, SPIRITUAL VESSEL, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF FAITHFULNESS! GOD’S WORD “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) “For by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not of yourselves, for it is a gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) “But the Lord said: ‘If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you may say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted, and be transplanted into the sea.” And it would obey you.’” (Luke 17:6) HEROES’ WORDS “For faith is the beginning and the end is love, and...
  • Day 23 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/06/2016 7:22:06 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 6, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 23 – MARY, CAUSE OF OUR JOY, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF GENTLENESS! GOD’S WORD “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29) “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12) HEROES’ WORDS “Nothing appeases an enraged elephant so much as the sight of a little lamb.” -St. Francis de Sales “When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with...
  • Day 22 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/05/2016 6:49:04 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 5, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 22 – MARY, SEAT OF WISDOM, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF LONGANIMITY! GOD’S WORD “And not only that, but we also find glory in tribulation, knowing that tribulation exercises patience, and patience leads to proving, yet truly proving leads to hope.” (Romans 4:3-4) “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12) “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) HEROES’ WORDS “This, in short, is the difference between us and others who know not God, that...
  • Day 21 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/04/2016 7:11:03 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 4, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 21 – MARY, MIRROR OF JUSTICE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF GOODNESS! GOD’S WORD “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12) HEROES’ WORDS “Inasmuch as we exist, we are good.” -St. Augustine “Be a good child, and God will help you.” -St. Joan of Arc “To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in oneself; but to recognize always that the evil is one’s own doing, and to impute it on...
  • Day 20 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/03/2016 9:31:52 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 3, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 20 – VIRGIN MOST FAITHFUL, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF KINDNESS GOD’S WORD “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”...
  • Day 19 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/02/2016 7:24:12 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 2, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 19 – VIRGIN MOST MERCIFUL, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF PATIENCE GOD’S WORD “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1) “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” (Colossians 1:11) “My...
  • Day 18 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/01/2016 6:32:54 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sept. 1, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 18 – VIRGIN MOST POWERFUL, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF PEACE GOD’S WORD “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11) “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11) “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.” (Proverbs 3:1-2) “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6) “May...
  • Day 17 - Novena for Our Nation

    08/31/2016 6:50:12 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 31, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 17 – VIRGIN MOST RENOWNED, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF JOY GOD’S WORD “You have made known to me the ways of life; you will fill me with joy by your presence. At your right hand are delights, even to the end.” (Psalm 16:11) “His lord said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Since you have been faithful over a few things, I will appoint you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” (Matthew 25:21) HEROES’ WORDS “Joy is a net of love by which we catch souls.” -Mother Teresa “Joy is...
  • Day 15 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation

    08/29/2016 7:51:33 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 29, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 15, NOVENA FOR OUR NATION – FEAR OF THE LORD Richard Heilman 0 Comment DAY 15 – VIRGIN MOST PRUDENT, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FEAR OF THE LORD! GOD’S WORD “Serve the Lord in fear, and exult in him with trembling.” (Psalm 2:11) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of holiness is prudence.” (Proverbs 9:10) “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” (Luke 1:50) HEROES’ WORDS “For I have learnt for a fact that nothing so effectively obtains, retains, and regains grace, as that we...
  • Day 14 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/28/2016 7:05:16 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 28, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 14 – MOTHER OF OUR SAVIOR, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF PIETY! GOD’S WORD “The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out ‘Abba, Father!’” (Romans 8:14-15) HEROES’ WORDS “In so far as divine love beautifies our souls and makes us pleasing to his divine Majesty, it is called grace; in so far as it gives us strength to do good, it is called charity; but when it reaches such a degree of perfection, that it makes us...
  • Day 13 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/27/2016 7:37:34 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 27, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 13 – MOTHER OF OUR CREATOR, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE! GOD’S WORD “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7) HEROES’ WORDS “We judge all things according to the divine truth.” -St. Augustine “A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities.” -St. Thomas Aquinas “There are some who desire knowledge merely for its own sake; and that is shameful curiosity. And there are others...
  • Day 12- 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/26/2016 7:34:54 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 26, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 12 – MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE! GOD’S WORD “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4) “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we...
  • Day 11 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/25/2016 6:34:47 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 25, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 11 – MOTHER MOST ADMIRABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF COUNSEL GOD’S WORD “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” (Romans 8:7) “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14) “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the...
  • Day 10 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/24/2016 7:27:55 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 10 – MOTHER MOST AMIABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING! GOD’S WORD “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130) “Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints …” (Ephesians 1:18) HEROES’ WORDS “Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.” -St. Augustine “Understanding is the sure and clear knowledge of some...
  • Day 9 - Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/23/2016 6:09:59 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 9 – MOTHER UNDEFILED, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF WISDOM GOD’S WORD “Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.” (Psalm 25:8-10). HEROES’ WORDS “Dost thou hold wisdom to be anything other than truth, wherein we behold and embrace the supreme good?” -St. Augustine “Let your old age be childlike, and your childhood like old age; that is, so that...
  • Day 8 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/22/2016 7:12:16 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 22, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 8 – MOTHER INVIOLATE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE VIRTUE OF TEMPERANCE GOD’S WORD “Do you not know that, of those who run in a race, all of them, certainly, are runners, but only one achieves the prize? Similarly, you must run, so that you may achieve. And one who competes in a contest abstains from all things. And they do this, of course, so that they may achieve a corruptible crown. But we do this, so that we may achieve what is incorruptible.” (1 Cor 9:24-25) HEROES’ WORDS “Temperance is a disposition that restrains our desires for things...
  • Day 7 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation

    08/21/2016 7:00:35 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 21, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 7, NOVENA FOR OUR NATION – COURAGE GOD’S WORD “Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14) HEROES’ WORDS “Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power.” -St. Augustine “I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it.” -St. Faustina “Moreover, Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God willing, the triumph: ‘Have confidence;...
  • Day 6 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/20/2016 6:52:11 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 5 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 20, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 6 – MOTHER MOST PURE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF JUSTICE! GOD’S WORD “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came...
  • Day 5 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/19/2016 7:22:04 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 5 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 19, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    GOD’S WORD “The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.” (Proverbs 14:15) HEROES’ WORDS “The prudent man considers things afar off, in so far as they tend to be a help or a hindrance to that which has to be done at the present time.” -St. Thomas Aquinas MEDITATION Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life. The virtuous man is he...
  • Day 4 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/18/2016 7:31:40 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena For Our Nation ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 4 – MOTHER OF CHRIST, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE VIRTUE OF LOVE! GOD’S WORD “Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love.” (John 15:9-10) HEROES’ WORDS “Love to be real, it must cost — it must hurt — it must empty us of self.” -Mother Teresa “To love God is something greater than to know him.” -St. Thomas Aquinas “It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.” -St. Ignatius of Loyola MEDITATION Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things...
  • Day 3 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/17/2016 7:37:37 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 6 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 17, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 3 – HOLY VIRGIN OF VIRGINS, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE VIRTUE OF HOPE! GOD’S WORD “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (v 10:23) HEROES’ WORDS “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” -St. Pio of Pietrelcina MEDITATION Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit (CCC 1817). The virtue of hope responds to the...
  • Day 2 - 54 Day Novena for our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/16/2016 8:50:42 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 5 replies
    Novena For Our Nation ^ | Aug. 16, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 2 – HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE VIRTUE OF FAITH! GOD’S WORD “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) HEROES’ WORDS “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” -Attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas MEDITATION The theological virtues are the foundation of Christian moral activity; they animate it and give it its special character. They inform and give life to all the moral virtues. They are infused by God into the souls of the faithful to...
  • Catholic people of faith in our country will embrace a mission (Catholic Caucus)

    08/15/2016 9:22:12 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 12 replies
    Novena For Our Nation ^ | July 14, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    On August 15th, Catholic people of faith in our country will embrace a mission of what I consider self-survival, praying a 54 day Novena for our Nation. ( www.novenaforournation.com). The Novena starts on the great feast day of the Assumption of Our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary and ends on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7th, a date which memorializes the Battle of Lepanto, the great sea victory of European Christians over the Muslim invaders of Europe in 1571. This well known victory was spurred on by the believers of Christian Europe praying the Rosary, at the...
  • The Christmas Novena

    12/15/2005 6:02:00 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies · 883+ views
    Catholics in many cultures have prayed the Christmas Novena (nine consecutive days of prayer), from December 16-24. It is a devotion well worth reviving, particularly in young families, for it focuses attention intensely on our expectation of the Coming King, and helps to prepare us spiritually to receive him into our hearts. The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (on theVatican web site) comments on the background of the Christmas Novena, and suggests the use of the "O Antiphons" (see below) in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, at Vespers: "103. The Christmas novena began as...
  • Perpetual Novena for the Nation (Ecumenical)

    01/14/2013 9:41:31 AM PST · by Mad Dawg · 69 replies
    today | Mad Dawg
    Back in September I took the liberty of starting a thread inviting all to pray for the election. Well, that didn't work out so well, maybe. But I am am still asking us to consider ADDING something to our daily prayers. I know you all are busy and I suspect many of you spend a good deal of time in prayer anyway. I do not seek to bind burdens on anyone's back. Though prayer sometimes involves teeth-gritting, that should not be the main theme! The main themes should always be hope, joy, and gratitude, IMHO. But the prayer of a...
  • NOVENA for the ELECTION -- 54 or 56 days (you choose!) ECUMENICAL

    09/01/2012 7:05:48 AM PDT · by Mad Dawg · 524 replies
    Vanitas vanitatum | 9/1/2012 | Vanity
    Clearly we need to seek, to beg God's help in the coming election. I invite all to join in a "Novena" -- a LONG one -- with just such an intention. If you start on 9/11 (!) and pray for 56 days, you end the day before election day. If you start on 9/13 and pray for 54 days... you do the math. :-) I am asking us to consider ADDING something to our daily prayers. I know you all are busy and I suspect many of you spend a good deal of time in prayer anyway. I do not...
  • Divine Mercy Novena - Day 2 - Holy Saturday (Catholic Caucus)

    04/23/2011 9:03:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 23, 2011
    Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.  He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said: "These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let...
  • Christmas Novena

    12/17/2009 7:34:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies · 489+ views
    EWTN.com ^ | not given | EWTN
    Christmas Novena Hail, and blessed be the hour and momentAt which the Son of God was bornOf a most pure VirginAt a stable at midnight in BethlehemIn the piercing coldAt that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,To hear my prayers and grant my desires(mention request here). Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother. Day 1    Day 2    Day 3    Day 4    Day 5    Day 6    Day 7    Day 8     Day 9
  • [Double] NOVENA FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI [Ecumenical]

    08/29/2010 4:43:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 129 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | not given | EWTN
    NOVENA FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd, Benedict, a spiritof courage and right judgment, a spiritof knowledge and love. By governingwith fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the ApostlePeter and Vicar of Christ, build your Church into a sacrament of unity, loveand peace for all the world. Amen. V/ Let us pray for Benedict, the Pope.R/ May the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, make him blessed upon the earth, and not hand him over to the power of his enemies.V/ May your...