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Novena to Abba Father – begins 29th July, 2011

July 28, 2011 by  
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Abba FatherDear Friends,

On the 29th of July, 2011 we begin the Novena in honour of our Loving Heavenly Father ABBA, in preparation for His Feast on the 7th of August 2011.

Is there any way in which we could ever totally thank Our Father in heaven for His immense love and mercy and the abundant graces and blessings He pours out on each one of us every day of our lives ????  NO, but we could try !!!!!!  The best way in which we could express our gratitude and reciprocate in some way the love of our Creator for us would be to honour Him on His feast day.  Everyone has a birthday, a feast day, an anniversary, a special memorable occasion, but our Abba has just one day – the 1st Sunday of August which He has set apart as His Feast day.

HIS LOVE HAS NO END !!!!  No Father has greater love for His children than our Abba Father, our Creator.  He showed us this love when He sent JESUS, His Only Son to suffer and die for us, so that we would be saved and one day be with Him in heaven. So then………….

–    How can we not TURN to Him and thank Him for this great love ???
–    How can we not BELIEVE that He knows our names ???
–    How can we not UNDERSTAND His unfathomable mercy and compassion ???
–    How can we not TRUST  in His plans for each one of us ???
–    How can we not KNOW that He holds us in the PALM OF HIS HAND ?????
–    How can we not OBEY His Holy Will ???

Our Loving Abba Father speaks to us through Mother Eugenia E. Ravasio in the book “The Father Speaks to His Children” and He says ….I assure you, you do not know Me as I am, because I am coming to proclaim Myself the Father of all and the most tender of fathers, in order to transform your love, which has become distorted by fear. I come to make Myself similar to My creatures, to correct the idea you have of a terrifyingly just God, as I see men spending their whole lives without confiding in their only Father, Whose only wish is to make their earthly life easier and then give them a divine life, in heaven. This is a proof that souls do not know Me any more than you do, not having overcome the idea you have about Me. But now I am giving you this light. Remain in the light and bring it to everybody, and it will be a powerful means both to obtain conversions and to shut, if possible, the gates of hell, for I now repeat My promise, which will last for ever: ALL THOSE WHO CALL ME BY THE NAME OF FATHER, EVEN IF ONLY ONCE, WILL NOT PERISH, BUT WILL BE SURE OF THEIR ETERNAL LIFE AMONG THE CHOSEN ONES…

Abba Father wants us to love Him and not to be afraid of Him as that frightening old man, whom men depict in their pictures and books; He wants us to treat Him as our personal Friend and our Father.

Let us learn to love, honour and praise our Father in heaven, the kindest of all Fathers, the sweetest and most gentle of all Friends, for He will always be the Joy of our hearts, our Unshakeable Foundation, our safe Refuge and our Pillar of strength, if only we are anchored IN HIM.

Let us then prepare for this great Feast of our Heavenly Father by making a ‘Thanksgiving Novena’ in His honour and surrendering ourselves to Him totally, unconditionally and unreservedly, and by allowing Him to work in us, with us and through us, to spread His message of love, peace and joy.
 
The Novena begins on the 29th of July. Please make this novena with your family members and let Him be the Lord of our homes Who guides our minds, hearts, and lives as we surrender our will into His Loving Hands.
 
God bless U and your families 

 

DEDICATING  9  SPECIAL DAYS PRAYING TO ABBA FATHER 

“Through Him, with Him, in Him”

God is My Father
My Father in Heaven, how sweet it is to know that You are My Father and that I am Your child!  Especially when the skies of my soul are cloudy and my cross weighs more heavily, I feel the need to repeat to You: Father I believe in Your love for me!

Yes, I believe that You are a Father to me at every moment of my life and that I am Your child!

I believe that You love me with an infinite love!
I believe that You are watching over me night and day and that not a hair falls from my head without Your permission!
I believe that in Your infinite wisdom, You know better that I what is good for me!
I believe that in Your infinite power, You can bring good even out of evil!
I believe that in Your infinite goodness, You make everything to the advantage of those who love You; even under the hands of those who strike me, I kiss Your hand which heals!
I believe, but increase in me faith, hope and love!

Teach me always to see Your love as my guide in every event of my life.
Teach me to surrender myself to You like a baby in its mother’s arms.

Father, You know everything, You see everything, You know me better that I know myself, You can do everything and You love me!
My Father, since it is Your wish that we should always turn to You, I come with confidence to ask You, together with Jesus and Mary … (here request the favour you desire)
For this intention, and uniting myself to their Most Sacred Hearts, I offer You all my prayers, my sacrifices and mortifications, all my actions and greater faithfulness to my duties.
 
Give me the light, the grace and the power of The Holy Ghost!
Strengthen me in the Holy Ghost that I may never lose Him, never sadden Him, and never allow Him to become weaker in me.
 
My Father, I ask this in the Name of Jesus Your Son!   And You Jesus, open Your Heart and place in It my own, and together with Mary’s, offer it to Our Divine Father!  Obtain for me the grace that I need!
 
Divine Father, call all men to Yourself.  Let all the world proclaim Your fatherly goodness and Your Divine Mercy!  Be a tender Father to me and protect me wherever I am, like the apple of Your eye.  Make me always a worthy son/daughter; have mercy on me!
 
Divine Father, sweet hope of our souls, may You be known, honoured and loved by all men!
 
Divine Father, infinite goodness poured out on all peoples, may You be known, honoured and loved by all men!
 
Divine Father, beneficent dew of humanity, may You be known, honoured and loved by all men!

Thanksgiving Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank You for having given us this opportunity to spend time in prayer and thanksgiving to You Our Merciful God.  We thank You for having given us the gift of life.  We thank You for our families, our friends and all who constantly reflect Your love and mercy to us.  We thank You for the infinite love You have shown to each one of us, Your love Dear Father is our hope, it is due to this immense love that we were saved from the tyranny of the evil one.  We thank You for Your unfathomable mercy, which has touched and melted the hearts of so many of us and changed us from souls hardened and embittered by the storms of life to souls burning with love for You.  We thank You for the great care and concern You have for each one of us; You Our Loving Father protect us so tenderly and keep us safe in the palm of Your Hand.  We thank You Good Father for answering all our prayers and providing for all our needs.  May we never fail to praise You Our Father and give You thanks and may we always remember that Your love will follow us wherever we go and be our consolation in moment of grief.
 
Loving Father, Our Lord and Creator, we praise You, we adore You, we love You and we thank You.
 
Merciful Jesus, Only Begotten Son of the Father, we praise You, we adore You, we love You and we thank You.
 
Holy Ghost, Our Sanctifier and Guide, we praise You, we adore You, we love You and we thank You.
 
Our Lady, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, pray for us.
 
All angels and saints, pray for us.
 
 
Method of praying the nine days Novena to The Father:
 
1. Recite the Prayer “God is My Father”.
2. Read the Passage from Scripture.
3. Recite the Prayer for the day.
4. Thanksgiving Prayer.   
 

DAY 1 : GOD THE CREATOR
 
“I am The Eternal One, and when I was alone, I had already thought of using all my power to create beings in My image.  But material creation had to come first, so that these beings could find their means of sustenance; it was then that I created the world.  I filled it with all the things I knew would be necessary to men; air, sun and rain, and many other things that I knew to be necessary for their life.  In the end, man was created”.  (from “The Father speaks to His children” the message given by The Father to Mother Eugenia)
 
Recite the Prayer “God is My Father”
Scripture Reading – Genesis 1:1-31, 2:1-4
 
Prayer for the day
 
O God, My Father, thank You for the world in which I live, for all the beautiful things in it, for all the interesting things in it, for all the useful things in it.  Thank You for the life You have given me, for my body to act, my mind to think, my memory to remember, my heart to love.  Thank You for giving me so many things to enjoy, so many things to do, so many people to love.  Help me never to do anything that would make the world uglier or people sadder.  Help me to always add something to the world’s beauty and the world’s joy.
 
Give me a sense of responsibility for Your world.  Keep me away from doing things without thinking, from being carelessly or deliberately destructive, from failing to grasp the opportunities which are offered to me.  Help me to always use my time and life wisely and productively.  I make this prayer through Jesus Christ Your Son Our Lord.  Amen.
 
Thanksgiving Prayer
 
 
DAY 2 : THE FACE OF OUR FATHER
 
“My Son Jesus is in Me and I am in Him, in our interchanging love which is The Holy Spirit, Who keeps us united in this bond of love so as to make us ONE”.  (from “The Father speaks to His children” the message given by The Father to Mother Eugenia)
 
Recite the Prayer “God is My Father”
Scripture Reading – John 14:5-14
 
Prayer for the day
 
We long to see Your Face, O Father, Your Glorious, Wondrous Face,
Your Loving, Merciful, Adorable Face Father,
You are Majesty Personified, Brilliant,
far more brilliant than a thousand suns lit up together.
Your Love shines brightly, driving away the shadows from our souls.
Eternal Father, Compassionate God, transform us
Into living reflectors of Your love to the world.
Let those who come in contact with us,
No longer see us, but You.
Give us the graces we need.
Shield and defend us from the foe malign.  Amen.
 
Thanksgiving Prayer
 
 
DAY 3 : GOD THE FATHER WHO DISCIPLINES
 
“The more evil grew, the more My goodness urged Me to communicate with just souls so that they could transmit My commands to those who were creating disorder.  I was sometimes obliged to be strict in order to reprove them; not to punish them – that would only have done harm – but to take them away from vice and lead them to Their Father and Their Creator, whom they have forgotten and ignored in their ingratitude.  Later evil overwhelmed men’s hearts to such an extent that I was compelled to send calamites upon the world to purify men through suffering, the destruction of their possessions, or even their death”.  (from “The Father speaks to His children” the message given by The Father to Mother Eugenia)
 
Recite the Prayer “God is My Father”
Scripture Reading – Hebrews 12:5-11
 
Prayer for the day
 
O God, Eternal Source of all goodness
You desire perfection in everyone, and so permit us to go through
torments and sufferings in order that we be purified of all sin.
O Merciful Father, grant us the grace to remain true to You
And never give in to despair.
Let us remember that Your grace will sustain us
In the midst of trials and temptations.
Grant us O Master the grace to seek to please You.
By suffering with great love for You, by not complaining
When our burdens seem heavy and troubles pour down on us like rain.
Grant us the grace to love You in every circumstance
And to believe in Your infinite love for us.  Amen.
 
Thanksgiving Prayer
 
 
DAY 4 : GOD OUR PROVIDER
 
“I know your needs, your desires and everything in your hearts.  But how happy and grateful I would be if I saw you coming to Me and confiding in Me your needs, like a son  who has total trust in his father.  How could I refuse the smallest or biggest thing if you asked Me?”.
(from “The Father speaks to His children” the message given by The Father to Mother Eugenia)
 
Recite the Prayer “God is My Father”
Scripture Reading – Psalm 65:9-13
 
Prayer for the day
 
O Merciful, Kind and Loving Father, You are so concerned about us
You look upon us with such infinite love,
You give us what we need unstintingly, unreservedly.
You are The Source of all goodness
We commend ourselves to You
You know what is best for us
We praise You and glorify You
We are Yours and Yours alone
Do with us what You will.  Amen.
 
Thanksgiving Prayer
 
 
DAY 5 : GOD THE LOVING FATHER
 
“A mother never forgets the little creature she has brought into the world.  So if a mother loves the little being I gave her, I love him more than she does, because I created him.  Even if it happens that a mother loves her child less because of some defect, I, on the contrary, will love him still more.  I will always love him, and even if he no longer remembers Me, his Father and Creator, I will still remember him and love him”.  (from “The Father speaks to His children” the message given by The Father to Mother Eugenia)
 
Recite the Prayer “God is My Father”
Scripture Reading  – Hosea 11:1-4
 
Prayer for the day
 
Merciful God, Creator of all
We believe in Thee.
Thou art the Omnipotent, The Omniscient, The Omnipresent.
Thou hast created us all from nothing
Thou hast called us by name
Thou hast carved us on the palm of Thy Hand
Thou will not forget us
Thou hast consecrated us to Thyself
Thou lovest us all, each and everyone
Infinitely, unconditionally.
O Father in Heaven, keep us from all evil
Protect us from the snares of the tempter
And lead us into Thy Kingdom.  Amen.
 
Thanksgiving Prayer
 
 
DAY 6 : GOD THE EVER MERCIFUL FATHER
 
“As for you, souls in a state of sin, or who are ignorant of religious truth, I will not be able to enter you; however I will be close to you, because I never stop calling you, inviting you to desire to receive the benefits I bring you, so that you may see the light and be healed of sin.  I spend days, sometimes years, close to some soul to be able to ensure their eternal happiness.  They do not know that I am there waiting for them, calling them every moment of the day.  However, I never become weary and I still feel joy in remaining close to you, always hoping that you will return to Your Father some day and that you will at least offer Me some act of love before you die”.  (from :The Father speaks to His children” the message given by The Father to Mother Eugenia)
 
Recite the Prayer “God is My Father”
Scripture Reading – Luke 15:11-32
 
Prayer for the day
 
Let us never fail to praise the infinity of God’s mercy, From His Merciful Heart
flows torrents of love to flood the souls of us poor sinners.
 
O Merciful Father, O Majestic and Omnipotent One
Look at us wretched sinners with Thy merciful eyes
We come to Thee Our Loving Father trusting in Thy abundant mercy.
O Kind Eternal Father we have offended Thee ever so often
But now we come repentant humbly kneeling before Thee.
Forgive us we beg Thee O Father in Heaven
Be gracious to us we plead, our sins are as numerous as the stars in the sky
Our souls are stained and scarred by our transgressions
Still we look to Thee Dear Father and implore Thy mercy.
Eternal Father, pardon us and be merciful to us
Now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.
 
Thanksgiving Prayer
 
 
DAY 7 : GOD OUR PROTECTOR
 
“I want to protect the young people as a tender Father.  There is so much evil in the world!  These poor inexperienced souls are letting themselves be seduced by the attraction of vice which, little by little, leads to total ruin.  You who especially need someone to take care of you in life, so that you can avoid evil, come to Me!  I am The Father WHO loves you more than any other creature will ever be able to do!  Take refuge close, very close to Me, confide in Me your thoughts and your desires”.  (from “The Father speaks to His children” the message given by The Father to Mother Eugenia)
 
Recite the Prayer  “God is My Father”
Scripture Reading – Psalm 91:1-16
 
Prayer for the day
 
Dear Lord, You alone are my Strength
You alone are my Refuge, my Consoler, my Hope
My enemies have surrounded me, I have no one to cry out to but You
But I know that You will not forsake me, You will not abandon me
Your Presence is not just a ray, but a flood of light
Which drives away the shadows from my soul
In the darkest moments You are closest to me, You will not leave me
You will not let my enemies triumph over me
Instill in me a sense of serenity to accept with love all the trials ahead
Never allow bitterness and resentment to take over me
Let these trials change me for the better, not make me bitter.
O Father in Heaven I commend myself to You
Let Your will be done always.  Amen.

Thanksgiving Prayer
 
 
DAY 8 : GOD OUR CONSOLER
 
“Tell them to come to Me.  I will help them, I will lighten their burden and sweeten their hard life.  I will inebriate them with My Fatherly Love, to make them happy in time and eternity”.
(from “The Father speaks to His children” the message given by The Father to Mother Eugenia)
 
Recite the Prayer “God is My Father”
 
Scripture Reading – Lamentations 3:52-58
 
Prayer for the day
 
Lord, You are the Friend of a lonely heart
The comfort of a troubled soul, come to my rescue
Pull me out of this sea of despair
You are my Hope, my Comforter,
You will not fail me, You will not abandon me
I trust in You, I believe in Your love for me
Thank You My Father, for Your presence
For Your loving Hand that soothes and heals.  Amen.
 
Thanksgiving Prayer
 
 
DAY 9 : GOD THE WRITER OF OUR DESTINY
 
“I have great plans for you”.  (from “The Father speaks to His children” the message given by The Father to Mother Eugenia)
 
Recite the Prayer “God is My Father”
Scripture Reading – Jeremiah 29:11-14
 
Prayer for the day
 
Teach me Your ways O Lord
Guide me along the path You have chosen me to tread
Teach me Your will, how I may please You daily
Show me the way I should go
Give me the grace Your plan to fulfill
Guide me, shield me, protect me now
And at the hour of my death. Amen.
 
Thanksgiving Prayer

 

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