Novena - Day 8

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This is the eighth day of the novena for wisdom and counsel as we prepare to vote in the presidential election.

Some things only by prayer and fasting...

These verses from Isaiah 58 offer much for our reflection as the presidential campaign winds down and the election is just around the corner. This is a scripture we hear more often in Lent but now in November it draws us into the mind and heart of the Lord and what he asks of us. I offer it for our prayer as we prepare to vote...

This, rather, is the fasting that I wish:
releasing those bound unjustly,
untying the thongs of the yoke;

Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke;
Sharing your bread with the hungry,
sheltering the oppressed and the homeless;
Clothing the naked when you see them,
and not turning your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your wound shall quickly be healed;
Your vindication shall go before you,
and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!
If you remove from your midst oppression,
false accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;

Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday;
Then the LORD will guide you always
and give you plenty even on the parched land.
He will renew your strength,
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring whose water never fails.
Nov 4 Novena

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