NOVENA DAY ONE: To live by faith from an early age

From the remembrances of St. Agnes:

I was a child, it is true. I have always remained a child in the perception of God, because regardless of age, people depart from God when it seems to them that they are dependent upon themselves. I never succumbed to that illusion, and I deeply believed and placed my trust in God. Jesus remained my chosen One, although it is rather He who chose me, so I may testify about His love. Do you think that I alone would have been able to suffer death by martyrdom for Him? No… no man is able to do so, if God does not give him this grace (Compendium III, p. 117).

From the teachings of St. Agnes:

Man was created by God and only the one God knows how many years He gave him to spend on Earth. If from an early childhood man begins to follow the good, it will be much easier for him to walk the right path in the future. If he is left alone to himself without a proper education, then, without an extraordinary grace of God, he can succumb to an easy life and get used to choosing things that are comfortable and pleasant, but not necessarily good. And for our deeds, we should care from the beginning; because the Book of Life does not record the deeds of man from a mature age, but from the early childhood, from the beginning, although it takes into account his awareness and circumstances (Compendium IV, p. 152).

PRAYER:

Saint Agnes, who entrusted yourself to God at the beginning of your life and with joy suffered death by martyrdom for the One, who died for all of us, I ask you humbly, deign to intercede for me in every minute of this day and obtain for me the grace (mention your request).

Let your prayer give me comfort in times of trials and torments. Be my friend in times of loneliness and abandonment, and obtain for me from your Spouse, Jesus Christ, the eternal happiness in Heaven. Holy innocent virgin, who paid the greatest price for preserving fidelity to Christ, obtain for me the grace of complete purity of the soul and the body. Amen.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be to the Father …
Litany to Saint Agnes.


Translated from: Nowenna do św. Agnieszki na podstawie textów św. Agnieszki z Orędzi na Czasy Ostateczne, które własnie nadeszły, Grzechynia 2015, p. 15-17


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