On this fifth day of the National Novena to Our Lady of Good Help, we join the prayer of the father in the Gospel of Mark who said to the Lord, ‘I do believe, help my unbelief.’ We pray for believers, that they may persevere in their faith and deepen their relationship with the Lord, strengthened through the sacraments. We pray, also, for unbelievers, that their hearts may be opened to the word of God, and that the Holy Spirit may cast doubt from their hearts and minds so they may receive the Good News of Christ.
Virgin most faithful, we ask you to intercede today for all believers, that they may always remain close to your son and preach the Gospel to others through their words and actions. We ask that the hearts and minds of those who don’t believe may be opened, and that they may be granted the gift of faith. We pray for ourselves, that we may have the grace and courage to say to the Lord, ‘I do believe, help my unbelief.’
How to pray the novena:
- Pray the daily intention prayer below (check back each day for that day’s intention.)
- Pray the main novena prayers, found here
Day Five: For Believers and Unbelievers
“Blessed are those who believe without seeing”
O Mary, you commended the faith of Adele’s companions who knelt at her command. Look with love upon those who visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in faith that you will intercede for their intentions. May the stories of those who have received graces from this shrine, touch the hearts of those who do not believe. Open the eyes of all to the wonders that are around them, and through your intercession, obtain for them the grace of belief.
To receive the daily prayer intention by email, go to www.shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com, click on “Prayer and Novenas,” the click on “Novenas” and sign up for the National Novena to Our Lady of Good Help (Oct 1-9).