Thursday, August 20, 2015

Novena to St Genesius Day 4

Called to be Prophets

In an age of mediocrity the most prophetic are those who strive for excellence. We live in a time when excellence is promoted in so many areas of life, but yet when it comes to faith, to the Christian life, there isn't the same drive to achieve excellence, or more correctly, holiness. Many drift along, usually with the assistance of an unhealthy dose of presumption, thinking that we are okay just as we are because God loves us. However, the love of God, which we should never take for granted, ought to urge us to a greater commitment to the Christian way: as St Paul reminds us the love of God compels us, urges us out to live lives of virtue, heroic virtue. Christian prophets today are those who attest to this call to heroism. Discipleship is about imitating the Master and the Master tells to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect.


Prayer to St Genesius

Holy St Genesius,
martyr for Christ,
by the grace of the Holy Spirit
through your acting 
you came to discover
the truth of the Christian faith.
In your first profession of that faith
you were baptized through the shedding 
of your blood,
offering your life for the praise and glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Pray for those who dedicate their lives
to the theatrical and cinematic arts.
Like you may they find the presence
of the Lord in their work 
and generously open their hearts
to his teaching,
living it in the midst of the challenges 
and demands of their calling.
In this novena, I remember most especially…., commending him/her to your care.

Let us pray: 
Eternal Father, in your love you call all men and women to come to know you and to share in your divine life. Through the intercession of your martyr, Genesius, who responded so generously to the grace of conversion, grant that the same grace may be given to those who as yet do not know you, and may be renewed in those who do. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for healing through the intercession of St Genesius

Lord Jesus,
you took pity on the blind Bartimaeus
and healed him;
you raised Lazarus from the dead
and freed Mary Magdalen from seven
devils to count her among your disciples.
You made the blind see, the deaf hear,
the dumb speak, the lame walk,
you cleansed lepers and cast out demons.
You preached the Good News to the poor 
and bless those who are faithful to you.
Through the intercession of your 
faithful martyr, Genesius, 
grant your healing and consolation to the sick. 
Give them the strength to carry their Cross 
in union with you.
(We remember in particular _________.)
Help us to remain faithful to you in health 
and in suffering, conformed to your Cross; 
open our hearts to your will 
so your grace may transform our lives. 

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