Dear Little hearts,
Sometimes in life because of legitimate demands on our time, provided by our own specific vocations, i.e parenthood, family life, consecrated life, caring careers, it can be difficult to find the space and time to enter the ‘garden’.
We should be perfectly at peace about this, providing the reason is not on account of indifference or laziness, we have been offering to God in our daily life and vocation the most beautiful of all gifts — our own will and we have been adoring the Divine Will by doing his pleasure.
Nothing is better, more preferable or praiseworthy, than doing His will no matter how holy and good it may appear to us. So, be at peace, enjoy the present moment to the full, at such times simply draw aside into the ‘inner garden’ of your soul and tell Jesus and Mary how much you love them. When all is said and done, that is what God is ever seeking and wants to possess, YOUR HEART, for he loves you so!
A Poor Clare Colettine, TMD
Novena to Our Lady of Hope
I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth; in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come to me all that desire me and be filled with my fruits (Sirach 24:24-26). O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Grace, Hope of the world. Hear us, your children, who cry to you.
Let Us Pray: O God, who by the marvelous protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary has strengthened us firmly in hope, grant we beseech You, that by persevering in prayer at her admonition, we may obtain the favors we devoutly implore. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to Our Lady of Hope: O Mary, my Mother, I kneel before you with heavy heart. The burden of my sins oppresses me. The knowledge of my weakness discourages me. I am beset by fears and temptations of every sort. Yet I am so attached to the things of this world that instead of longing for Heaven I am filled with dread at the thought of death. O Mother of Mercy, have pity on me in my distress. You are all-powerful with your Divine Son. He can refuse no request of your Immaculate Heart. Show yourself a true Mother to me by being my advocate before His throne. O Refuge of Sinners and Hope of the Hopeless, to whom shall I turn if not you? Obtain for me, then, O Mother of Hope, the grace of true sorrow for my sins, the gift of perfect resignation to God’s Holy Will, and the courage to take up my cross and follow Jesus. Beg of His Sacred Heart the special favor that I ask in this novena.
(Make your request.)
But above all I pray, O dearest Mother, that through your most powerful intercession my heart may be filled with Holy Hope, so that in life’s darkest hour I may never fail to trust in God my Savior, but by walking in the way of His commandments I may merit to be united with Him, and with you in the eternal joys of Heaven. Amen.
Mary, our Hope, have pity on us.
Hope of the Hopeless, pray for us.
3 Hail Marys