NOVENA DAY SIX: The futility of the world

From the remembrances of St. Agnes:

After completing my 13th year of life, I have been summoned to the prefect so that I could see better how my future life would look like. (…) everything there was so nice that I was filled with fear that I could take part in these wonders, which really are the excesses and vanities of the world. Yet, I was frightened that Satan could easily deceive me if I remained there, so my decision was only reinforced within me and my resolve to remain faithful to my only Spouse (Compendium III, p. 118).

From the teachings of St. Agnes:

All people, even though they know that someday they must die, rather believe that they will live a very long time, and even when they are old, they think that they still have time. And I lived the other way around. I always felt that I had little time to prove my love to God. One should expect death at any moment; then it is not a surprise and man is able to accept it, because he lives in anticipation of it. This is not sad, it is true. After all, our destiny is another life, and in this other life we should already rejoice during the earthly life more than in the present life. Each day can be the final day.

When we look in this way at life, we pay no attention to unimportant things and we have no desire to sin, because who would want to sin just before his death? Also, there is no way to fall out with someone, because before death everyone wishes to reconcile with everybody (Compendium IV, p. 157).


Saint Agnes, who was in a hurry to prove your love to God 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. 35-37