Thursday, June 27, 2013
Catholics have always turned instinctively for help to the Mother of God in times of need. And so, in 2013 we turn to Our Lady for help. Many of the values that shaped our Country from the beginning seem to be at risk. Pope Francis and the American Bishops have noted the erosion of religious freedom in the United States, the first value guaranteed by the Constitution.
This Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation will remind us of some of the central truths of the faith, in particular, the Incarnation, passion, death, resurrection of the Lord and Mary's unique role in our salvation. It will be, in a way, a catechism lesson that challenges us to a deeper conversion to Christ and a more generous life of charity.