Let the Spirit of God lead you to a place of interior stillness and then allow yourself to become aware of God's gaze on you, full of love and hope for you. That gaze is sustaining and life-giving. Ask, in your heart, for a deepening, interior awareness of how you depend on God for your existence.
Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, sir.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do l condemn you. Go your way, but do not sin again.’ (John 8:10-11)
MOMENT FOR REFLECTION:
Become as honest as you can be about your selfishness, too much self-regard, self-righteousness and not enough humility, not enough openness to other people and their goodness. In your prayer, speak to Jesus about these things; let him respond to you with mercy and compassion.
Asking for a profound, peaceful, personal sorrow for any infidelity to God's call.
Closing prayer each day
Lord Jesus, you have said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall ﬁnd, knock and it shall be opened unto you”. I come to you in faith and trust, in love and hope. Let me know your closeness to me, and your care for me and all who are dear to me.
My intention for this Novena is dear to me, and I know that what is important to me is important to you. Hear my prayer (mention your intention); grant what I ask, and may I always trust that in all that happens in life, you will be close to me as my friend, guide and saviour. And so, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
The Sacred Heart Novena
Day 4: Sunday 14 June
Resistance to God's call