Novena of Penance and Prayer: Day 8
Fast: Take a cold shower
Pray: Lord Jesus, we come to you with heavy hearts. You wept at the tomb of your friend Lazarus, and so you must also weep now as sin and corruption infect your Church and wound your children. We turn to you with confidence, trusting that where sin abounds, your grace abounds more. Please guide us, heal us, and have mercy on us.
Today we bring to you all the lay faithful. When one member of your body sins, all members suffer. Please renew your Church and encourage your people to keep running the good race despite the obstacles. Help us to walk humbly and to examine our own lives before we judge others for their faults, no matter how grievous. Please grant us the grace to stay close to you in the Sacraments so that we may spread the light of Christ to the whole world.
Lord, we offer You this prayer, in union with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and with the motherly intercession of our Blessed Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted. Amen.