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Friday, October 26, 2012

Fruits of the Spirit Novena...

...for our country...for our election!

We are just days away from voting.  Many of us are feeling the edginess of the unknown...the what if!?

This has had me, even more so, praying intently.  Which brought me to this thought:  a novena!

As we draw closer and closer there is a greater need to kick up our prayers...to intensify our sacrifice.

I've been reflecting on the Fruits of the Spirit a great deal the last couple of months.  It hit me: a novena is nine days of intense specific prayer...there are nine fruits of the spirit!  Wow!  That's perfect, that's simple, yet powerful.

Thus the creation...the birth of: THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT NOVENA, for our upcoming election day!

The simplicity of it is as such:

The nine days before the election, including that Tuesday, thus count back 9 days from Tuesday, I will reflect upon one Fruit each day.  With that fruit I will pray how to feel that fruit with our government, to pray our government  our leaders, can also embrace these fruits.  I will then say a Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, and a Glory Be.  

Day 1:    Love, Lord I will truly love our Leaders.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 2:   Joy, Lord I will find the Joy in the circumstances, the condition of our country, of our Leaders.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 3:    Peace, Lord I will find peace with this election.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 4:  Patience, Lord I will demonstrate patience with our Leaders, our country, my fellow citizens.

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...


Day 5:    Kindness, Lord I will speak kind things about our Leaders.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 6:    Goodness, Lord I will find the good in our Leaders.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 7:    Faithfulness, Lord I will be faithful to You and know You will conquer all.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 8:  Gentleness, Lord I will gently (humbly) respect the office of our leaders, knowing that I am honoring You.

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Day 9:  Self-Control, Lord with out Self-Control I can not act upon any of the other fruits.  I WILL be disciplined in my thoughts, words, and actions.

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...



Prayer can be intensified by adding a fast.
Some great fast suggestions are:
a Daniel Fast
no meat and /or alcohol
one main meal a day, with only juices and broths otherwise
give up flavored beverages, drink only water
turning off technology: TV, Computer, devices, etc...
unplugging from social media

May we all join together in great intense prayer as the days draw nearer.

May our LOVE for the Lord shine so intensely we cant help but be enthusiastic to make any additional sacrifices in these count down days!





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