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 the desire and courage to forgive. We know that unforgiveness creates a wall between your love and our hearts. Please provide us with the supernatural graces we need to forgive those who have hurt us. We especially ask you to soften our hearts towards representatives of the church who have harmed us. Grant us this freedom so we may love more fully. Amen.