Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus. And thank you for the men and women who have made a gift of themselves by entering religious life. Holy Spirit, please share your Wisdom and Counsel with us during this novena. We ask you to speak to our hearts now in this time of quiet prayer.

Heavenly Father, we ask for grateful hearts. Help us recognize your hand in all of the events of our lives and notice the various ways you show us your love.

We particularly ask for the grace to be grateful for the difficulties and trials we have encountered in the past and are experiencing now. Help us to be like St. Paul and give thanks in all circumstances. Amen.