Put your whole heart into it
Scripture: Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a lonely place, where he prayed (Mk 1:35).
A woman who asked Blessed John Sullivan to say a prayer for her special intentions said to him ‘and put your whole heart into it’. There was surely no need for those words, as Fr John held nothing back. Prayer was his life-support, his nourishment, his source of healing, his constant activity, the reason that he was so united with God, heart to heart.
Lord, you loved to spend time alone with your heavenly Father. How else could you have been who you were? ‘I and the Father are one’ you told us. How better to become one with another person than to spend time together? Two becoming one heart. I want to be united with you too.
Like the psalmist in the Old Testament, I pray, ‘a new heart create for me O God, put a steadfast spirit within me’ (Ps 51:10). Help me to come to you, morning or evening, in a quiet place, and let me put my whole heart into it.
(spend some quiet time in prayer with Jesus … speak to Jesus… hear Jesus… feel His Presence with you…)
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
Closing Prayer for each day
Lord Jesus, you have said, ‘Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you’. I come to you in faith and trust, in love and hope. Let me know your closeness to me, and your care of me and for all who are dear to me.
My intention for this Novena is dear to me and I know that what is important to me, is important to you. Hear my prayer (mention your intention);
grant what I ask, and may I always trust that in all that happens in life, you will be close to me as my friend, guide and saviour. And so…
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. Amen.