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 especially for the virtue of hope. Though our direction may have changed radically, we have hope in your plan for our lives. Be with us when we feel confused and give us a deep and abiding hope. Help us to share this hope with others who are in difficulty and be a light to the world.