Monday, March 18, 2013

Pray the Novena for Marriage!

On March 26, the Supreme Court will begin to hear oral arguments on the Proposition 8 case, and on March 27 on the DOMA case. As we have said before, we are confident that when the Proposition 8 case gets before an adult court, Judge Walker's absurd ruling (and the Ninth Circuit's upholding) will be overturned. But it never hurts to pray!

Our friend Bill May, President of Catholics for the Common Good, invites all of us to join in praying this Novena for Marriage

Heavenly Father, you established marriage as a communion of life and love uniting men and women with each other and any children born from their union. Today, when the meaning of marriage is so misunderstood, and when forces seek to alter the very definition of marriage, we unite our prayers and sacrifices with those of the whole Mystical Body of Christ for the protection of marriage and family. 

Imploring the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we beg you to protect the most innocent among us, our children, from the horrific effects of the breakdown of marriage and an impoverished understanding of love and family.

Send your Holy Spirit to the attorneys presenting the case for marriage. Help them witness the truth about marriage as an integral part of Your plan for creation in ways the Justices can hear and recognize.

Open the minds and hearts of the Justices of the United States Supreme Court that they perceive the importance of marriage from the perspective of the child. Inspire them to deliberate with wisdom and prudence. 

Grant the plaintiffs peace through understanding that our love of marriage is not based on animosity, and help them to see the consequences of their actions for humanity and the common good. 

Give us the grace to reflect Your love for them despite our differences. Allow us to be instruments of your holy will with our prayers, actions, and love. Raise up vibrant Christian families and bless and protect all those who seek to evangelize culture for marriage and family.

We ask these things in Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

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