It's been growing and growing on my heart the last few weeks that we Americans need to be praying for this upcoming papal visit. It could be absolutely amazing and a catalyst of conversion for SO many people. I see and hear more and more fallen away Catholics and non Catholics who are really listening to what our Holy Father has to say - or at least, as much as they can glean from the mainstream media. And hearts are moving. They really are. Even if they misunderstand what he says or he doesn't say exactly what some of us think he should, I see and hear comments more and more from people who are really beginning to be drawn to Christ and His Church through him. Led by the Holy Spirit, this visit could bear amazing fruit.
I've also had a bad feeling about it. Maybe I'm crazy. It sure wouldn't be the first time ;) I can't put my finger on it and don't really need to but I've felt very moved that there needs to be a greater effort for the faithful to be praying hard for this trip. Praying that the Holy Spirit will move our pope to say exactly what needs to be said in our country right now. Praying for minds and hearts to be opened and discerning to what he has to say. Praying for the media who will be covering and reporting his words. Praying for his address before Congress. Praying that his words will be poignant and powerful and unafraid. I'm also praying that if it be God's will, he address the life of the unborn and the Planned Parenthood issue with clarity and force. And I'm especially praying that the forces of evil that will want to distort and twist the truth during this time of promise will be crushed.
So. Want to pray with me?
I thought about novenas I could pray and Our Lady Undoer of Knots came to mind. Pope Francis has a strong devotion to her and was instrumental in promoting the devotion around the world. And we sure have a lot of knots to work out politically, socially, and spiritually, right?
And you know what I learned as I looked it up?
Her feast day is September 28.
The papal visit ends September 27.
HOW AWESOME IS THAT??
So if we start TODAY, September 19, then we will end the novena on the last day of his visit and celebrate the feast the next day. Guys. I don't think that's just coincidence. It's quickly becoming known as a very powerful and intense novena. One that changes things in big ways. We can start today and pray all the way through his visit for Our Lady's intercession and for the Holy Spirit to move powerfully. Let's pray that Our Lady will intercede and through this visit untie knotted hearts, knotted politics, knotted social issues, and so many of the known and unknown knots we struggle with in our country and world.
Let's do this. Pray with us, please.
(Thank you to the folks at Pray More Novenas for sharing it.)
I'd love to hear in the comments or on Facebook if you will be. We'll be praying either way but it's so encouraging and motivating when you know that there are other people united with you in prayer. (And helps me not forget ;) I'll be posting reminders on the Facebook page and maybe here on the blog, too. Please consider sharing this link to get as many people possible united in prayer.
Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for us.
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