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Novena for the Family

Novena for the Family

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Published by Fred Dolan

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Published by: Fred Dolan on Oct 16, 2010
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Day 1 Consideration
Marriage, a divine vocation
 
St Josemaría says:
For a Christian, marriage is … a real supernatural calling, agreat sacrament, in Christ and in the Church, as St Paulsays. … It is a sacred sign, an action of Jesus that invadesthe soul of those who get married and invites them tofollow him, by transforming their whole married life into adivine journey on earth.
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It is important for married people to acquire a clear sense of thedignity of their vocation. They must know that they have beencalled by God not only to human love but also to a divine love,through their human love. It is important for them to realisethat they have been chosen from all eternity to cooperate withthe creative power of God by having and then bringing upchildren. Our Lord asks them to make their home and theirentire family life a testimony of all the Christian virtues.
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 Love which leads to marriage and family, can also be amarvellous divine way, a vocation … What I have told youabout doing things perfectly, about putting love into thelittle duties of each day, about discovering that “divinesomething” contained in these details, finds a special placein that vital sphere in which human love is enclosed.
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Christ is Passing By, 2
 
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Conversations with Monsignor Escriva
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Conversations with Monsignor Escriva
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Day 1 Petition
Intention A: for family life
May God Our Lord make us understand the greatness ofChristian marriage; may we also understand it as adivine vocation – a personal, loving call from God – witha mission which is entrusted to us in this world: to builda Christian family that is holy and stable and, in thewords of Pope John Paul II, the “first and vital cell ofsociety” and of the Church.
or Intention B: for family life in difficulties
May God Our Lord make us have before our eyes theexample of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Maryand Joseph, who, filled with Faith and Love andforgetful of themselves, lived entirely for God and foreach other in simple, joyful and generous self-giving anda spirit of service.
Prayer to St Josemaría:
see back cover
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