Novena with Saint John Paul II
With John Paul II, on the occasion of his feast on October 22, let us ask Our Lady to grant us the courage to be brave and audacious apostles and advocate relentlessly for the protection of the human being, from conception to natural death.
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The intentions of the novena:
- Day 1, October 13: for the families
- Day 2, October 14: for the Church and clergy
- Day 3, October 15: for the educators and teachers
- Day 4, October 16: for the medical doctors, midwives, and other health providers
- Day 5, October 17: for the social workers
- Day 6, October 18: for the research scientists
- Day 7, October 19: for the legal experts
- Day 8, October 20: for the political and economic leaders
- Day 9, October 21: for all men and women of goodwill
It is recommended to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the intentions of the novena, in particular on October 22, feast of St. John Paul II.
It is also recommended to take a concrete step toward the protection of life, such as visiting the elderly or the disabled, donating money or time to an association for life protection, helping a fragile person, etc.
The first words of his pontificate were "Be not afraid!" Even today, whether as a simple citizen or in a position with responsibilities (politics, health, education, etc.), let these words resound again and again in our minds.
Use of medical progress to inflict death (such as in abortion, eugenism, and euthanasia), medically-assisted procreation, gestation by proxy, slavery, transhumanism, etc.: all are realities of our time that transform a human being, a soul, into a mere mercantile commodity. These practices have always been condemned by John Paul II, and he fought against them tirelessly in an attempt to protect human dignity, in his writings, his discourses, his meetings, even in his death.
Picture: Saint John Paul II at his arrival to Miami, FL, USA - 1987.
Closing prayer of Evangelium Vitae - By Pope John Paul II
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life. Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.
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