NOVENA DAY SEVEN: The temptation of Satan

From the remembrances of St. Agnes:

Satan deceived me in multiple ways. First, he wanted to get close to me through flattery. Then he tried to bribe me. Then he set before my eyes the image of my heartbroken and unhappy parents who suffer so much because of me; how ungrateful I am by showing them a lack of obedience, because they have sacrificed their life for me, and I only think about myself. And finally he started to frighten me with the most brutal torments. When I was already on the verge of exhaustion, I saw the sweet Face of Jesus, and then all the fears and concerns melted away from me (Compendium III, p. 119).

From the teachings of St. Agnes:

I can say that I have tried to live as if I was a one-day’s human, as if every day I had to die and was ready for death each night, and in the morning I woke up again to life, in order to die in the evening. Such was my life, but thanks to this, I did not waste time on superfluous things, and just tried to do as much good as possible, believing that this may be the last day of my life. How valuable then the day becomes; how much one loves it, because it is the last. No matter how hard it is, one loves it anyway. By acting and thinking in this way, we can free ourselves from an awful lot of temptations, truly giving our life to God, and not gaining attachment to anything, even to our own life (Compendium IV, p. 157).

PRAYER:

Saint Agnes, who readied yourself each day for death 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. 39-41


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