Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Novena to St Genesius Day 3

Called to be Prophets

One of the greatest prophetic acts in the world today is to resist the redefinition of human sexuality and participating in the permissiveness of the age. Today the servants of Christ find themselves in the midst of a war, on a battlefield where they seem to be surrounded and fear they must be ready to surrender. Even within the Church there are factions which promote a disintegration of Christ's moral teachings so as to be more pastoral and understanding, to reach out in compassion to those who find the way of chastity too much to live. Genesius before his conversion may well have been such a man. The moral life of theatre folk in ancient Rome was not very edifying, and even the morally compromised Romans kept their distance from actors lest they be tainted with what they saw as a disreputable stain.  Genesius conversion was to change every aspect of his life, and though he did not live long enough to struggle with the moral implications of his new found faith, the fact that he was prepared to lay down his life for Christ reveals his total commitment to the Lord's teaching. Being a Christian means being a prophet when it comes to chastity and moral living. Among these modern prophets is Blessed Paul VI who saw where the sexual revolution of the 1960s would lead us. Ironically as we now face the numerous problems that revolution has spawned, many are in denial, refusing to admit that the very forces that are disintegrating western society are the very ones unleashed by that revolution. May St Genesius, and Blessed Paul VI help us to proclaim the dignity of man and woman, a dignity that can only be preserved, integrated, cherished and promoted through moral and chaste lives.


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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