Day 5: Novena for Families, Gift of Understanding Join The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, America’s Marian Apparition Site, on this fifth day of
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Day 5: Novena for Families, Gift of Understanding
Day 5 Intercessory Prayer: Gift of Understanding
Saints Elizabeth and Zechariah, you suffered the humiliation of infertility for many years, then endured a pregnancy in old age. Obtain for us from the heart of our Heavenly Father the gift of understanding so that we might faithfully accomplish His will in our families. May we appreciate the vocations He has entrusted to us and to each of our children. Help us to joyfully receive His gifts and endure any hardships we may face in doing His will.
Prayer of the Family: The Threshold of Faith
God, our loving Father and Creator, You invite families to participate in Your unique plan for salvation by entrusting to us the lives of our children, inscribing Your Divine image in their souls. This image or “icon” illuminates our families with Your face, transfiguring our homes into domestic churches. You stand at our thresholds knocking, waiting for us to throw open our doors and invite You to enter more fully into our family life. Let us not ignore Your repeated knocking, but welcome You, embracing the graces You wish to give. May these graces enable us to pass on the gift of our Catholic Faith to our children, giving them what they need for salvation and growth in holiness. It is from the threshold of our domestic church that our families will bring glory to You and hope to the world.
Our Lady of Good Help, Queen of Heaven, implore your Son to strengthen the gift of understanding in our families in order to teach our children what they should know for salvation.
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