Saturday, May 18, 2002

Day # 9 of 9 to pray Cardinal Law's Novena during this period between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost, I will post the prayer for the next nine days, to make it easier for you to join in:



''Almighty and merciful God, by the power of the Holy Spirit you raised Jesus Christ, your Son, from death and filled him with new and abundant life.



''Then, in accordance with your loving plan, you sent the Holy Spirit upon the disciples at Pentecost, that by his mighty gifts they might be joined to the Risen Lord in his Body, the Church.



''By a fresh outpouring of the Spirit's gifts give new life to the Church in the United States this Pentecost.



''We beg that the Spirit will bring healing to the victims of clergy sexual abuse and their families.



''We pray that the Spirit will warm the hearts of those whose faith has been weakened by this scandal.



''We ask that the Spirit will bestow mercy and repentance on the abusers.



''We earnestly desire that the Spirit will renew and reform the whole Church in the likeness of Christ.



''Fill every member of the Church with holiness so that, working together as the Body of Christ, we might be built up in faith, hope and love in order to proclaim the Gospel with joy.



''We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.''




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