Week 3: March 9 – 15
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
Let us pray for the virtue of humility that we may see ourselves as God see us.
Diocese of Bismarck Novena Prayer
Most Holy Father in Heaven,
We pray, through the intercession of
Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII,
that we would follow their example
by living our Catholic Faith with joy, hope, and confidence.
Grant us the courage to denounce the evils of our time,
including the culture of death, moral relativism,
and all that keeps us from loving You
and sharing the Gospel with our neighbor.
We pray that You, Father, would use us,
the people of the Diocese of Bismarck,
as an instrument of Your love and light to all people.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
“’What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?’, the Psalmist wonders (Ps 8:4). Compared to the immensity of the universe, man is very small, and yet this very contrast reveals his greatness: ‘You have made him little less than a god, and crown him with glory and honor’ (Ps 8:5). The glory of God shines on the face of man. In man the Creator finds his rest, as Saint Ambrose comments with a sense of awe: ‘The sixth day is finished and the creation of the world ends with the formation of that masterpiece which is man, who exercises dominion over all living creatures and is as it were the crown of the universe and the supreme beauty of every created being. Truly we should maintain a reverential silence, since the Lord rested from every work he had undertaken in the world. He rested then in the depths of man, he rested in man's mind and in his thought; after all, he had created man endowed with reason, capable of imitating him, of emulating his virtue, of hungering for heavenly graces. In these his gifts God reposes, who has said: “Upon whom shall I rest, if not upon the one who is humble, contrite in spirit and trembles at my word?” (Is 66:1-2). I thank the Lord our God who has created so wonderful a work in which to take his rest.’"26
This excerpt was taken from Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae
published on March 25, 1995.
Chaplet of the Divine Mercy