Lord Jesus, you have said, ‘Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you’. I come to you in faith and trust, in love and hope. Let me know your closeness to me and your care for me and for all who are dear to me.
My intention for this Novena is dear to me and I know that what is important to me is important to you. Hear my prayer (mention your intention); grant what I ask, and may I always trust that in all that happens in life, you will be close to me as my friend, guide and saviour. And so, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
Day 1: Thursday 3rd June Love of God
GOD’S WORD: I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
HUMAN WORD: To know I am loved is a desire in all of us, and a grace when received. The love of God is the desire of the human heart. It is given, not once for all, but every moment of every day, to you and me, just as we are.
A PRAYER: Let me, O Lord, know each day your love for me. Help me to share that love with all I meet this day.
Day 2: Friday, 4th June Love of Others
GOD’S WORD: I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word.
HUMAN WORD: Praying for another helps our relationship. Praying for another brings gratitude, joy, understanding and forgiveness. Always, true prayer brings compassion for the other.
A PRAYER: Your heart O Lord is big enough for us all. Help me share your love; make my heart like yours.
Day 3: Saturday, 5th June Love of Creation
GOD’S WORD: God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.
HUMAN WORD: All creation is good. To enjoy creation is a grace, and an invitation to lift up our hearts, to love creation as God does, a gift to us. The invitation – to revere, enjoy and give thanks.
A PRAYER: Your creation is a gift to your people, Lord. May I always be grateful and use this gift in your service.
Day 4: Sunday, 6th June Forgiveness
GOD’S WORD: Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’
HUMAN WORD: Much of the wrong we do to others and to ourselves is hidden from us, or we can deny it. Jesus knows this and still forgives. He also forgives when we do know consciously the wrongs and injustices we do or have done.
A PRAYER: Lord, have mercy on me, forgive me my sins and give me always the joy of your help.
Day 5: Monday, 7th June Hope
GOD’S WORD: For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
HUMAN WORD: Hope and optimism are gifts of God. They are different. Hope comes from faith and is a strength in our lives when all else seems lost. Optimism is when we ‘hope for the best’. Hope is when we know there is Another near us, walking with us.
A PRAYER: May my hope in your love and eternity never fade, O Lord.
Day 6: Tuesday, 8th June Thanks
GOD’S WORD: I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name for ever.
HUMAN WORD: In the light of the Divine Goodness, it seems to me, though others may think differently, that ingratitude is the most abominable of sins.
A PRAYER: May every prayer I make, O Lord, begin with my thanks to you for your love for me.
Day 7: Wednesday, 9th June For Others
GOD’S WORD: Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.
HUMAN WORD: Why do I pray for others? That the Lord may be close to them and give them what they need. That I may become closer to those I pray for. That the faith we share may increase in myself and all I pray for.
A PRAYER: Be close O Lord to all I pray for today, especially . . . . give him/her the blessing of your joy and peace.
Day 8: Thursday, 10th June For the World
GOD’S WORD: The Lord rejoices in all his works.
HUMAN WORD: In all our efforts and work for the kingdom of God on earth, God delights. The heart of Jesus reaches out in love when we, in large or small ways, spend energy for the good of the world.
A PRAYER: Lord, in all I do and say, in my hopes and dreams, may your kingdom come.
Day 9: Friday, 11th June For Self
GOD’S WORD: You are precious in my eyes and I love you.
HUMAN WORD: To know I am loved is a grace; we give this in our love of each other. To know the unconditional love of God is our greatest gift and grace.
A PRAYER: As you love me, Lord, may I love myself, being grateful for the wonder of my being.