Novena for Racial Justice
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We do not want to forget, in the midst of our celebrations, the fact that we have much sorrow and uncertainty in our world - that our beloved Saint Monica never gave up hope, and neither should we. These nine days of prayer for Racial Justice is not going to fix a problem that is systemic, structural and real.

 

However, if we enter into these nine days focused on the prayers, which includes not only words, but in paused moments, in the silent secret of our hearts, and with discernment, we can be like Saint Monica and all the saints that intercede for us towards a the greater goal of a more justice world.

 

*This Novena has been adapted for the St. Monica Catholic Community from the Ignatian Solidarity Network's Novena for Racial Justice.

 

Additional Resources

Here are some resources to understand better the concept of Spiritual Communion and the importance of inviting Christ into your heart and soul.

Prayer to End Racial Prejudice 

St. Monica has responded to the problem of continuing racial adobestock 357163025prejudice and brutal treatment and killings and violence against our brothers and sisters in the black community in a number of ways. The prayer below was sent us by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and definitely the power of prayer to bring us together by our common belief in Jesus. A recent webinar that several of participated in from Georgetown University with Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington on the presentation. He proposes that racism is a virus, as insidious as the Coronavirus, and as destructive that has lived for too long in this country. With this prayer, we pray for unity because we are better together.

 

Prayer to End Racism - Archdiocese of Los Angeles 

We do not want to forget, in the midst of our celebrations, the fact that we have much sorrow and uncertainty in our world - that our beloved Saint Monica never gave up hope, and neither should we. These nine days of prayer for Racial Justice is not going to fix a problem that is systemic, structural and real.

 

However, if we enter into these nine days focused on the prayers, which includes not only words, but in paused moments, in the silent secret of our hearts, and with discernment, we can be like Saint Monica and all the saints that intercede for us towards a the greater goal of a more justice world.

 

*This Novena has been adapted for the St. Monica Catholic Community from the Ignatian Solidarity Network's Novena for Racial Justice.

 

Additional Resources

Here are some resources to understand better the concept of Spiritual Communion and the importance of inviting Christ into your heart and soul.

Prayer to End Racial Prejudice 

St. Monica has responded to the problem of continuing racial adobestock 357163025prejudice and brutal treatment and killings and violence against our brothers and sisters in the black community in a number of ways. The prayer below was sent us by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and definitely the power of prayer to bring us together by our common belief in Jesus. A recent webinar that several of participated in from Georgetown University with Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington on the presentation. He proposes that racism is a virus, as insidious as the Coronavirus, and as destructive that has lived for too long in this country. With this prayer, we pray for unity because we are better together.

 

Prayer to End Racism - Archdiocese of Los Angeles 

Day 1 - Aug. 30

 

 

We begin our Novena, 9 days of prayer for racial justice, by asking for the grace to be able to share in God’s vision for a world in which the dignity of all people is upheld, and for the strength to do the work to move closer to that vision. 

 

Good and gracious God, who loved us into creation, thank you for the gift of life and community. Thank you for the gift of the ability to recognize injustice and for the desire to work for racial justice, so that all people may equally share in that gift of life. Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will. Show me the parts of my heart, mind, and soul that You desire for me to transform or strengthen to better love Your people.  Saint Ignatius of Loyola, intercede and obtain for us from God the grace of discerning ways that we are called to change our hearts, minds, and souls in order to build a more just world.

 

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for us. 

St. Katharine Drexel, Pray for us. 

St. Martin de Porres, Pray for us. 

St. Peter Claver, S.J., Pray for us.

Venerable Teresa Chikaba, Pray for us.

Venerable Mary Lange, Pray for us.

Venerable Zeinab Alif (Maria Giuseppina Benvenuti), Pray for us.

Venerable Augustus Tolton, Pray for us. 

Servant of God, Thea Bowman, Pray for us. 

St. Benedict the Moor, Pray for us

St. Agustine, Pray for us

St. Monica, Pray for us

 

Pray for us holy men and women, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Amen. 

 

Day 2 - Aug. 31

 

 

St. Katharine Drexel is the Catholic patron saint of racial justice. We ask today for the strength to move past what is comfortable to take bold risks and transform our lives for racial justice, as she embodied in her own life.

 

Gentle and loving God, we thank you for the examples of holy men and women who tirelessly work for justice. St. Katharine Drexel, patron saint of racial justice, tells us,  “(Jesus) loved every human being as the image of God.” May you enable us to follow her example in boldly loving every human as an image of you. 

 

St. Katharine Drexel, intercede and obtain for us from God the grace of leaving behind what is comfortable for what is just, to liberate all of God’s people from the sin of white supremacy and anti-Blackness.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for us. 

St. Katharine Drexel, Pray for us. 

St. Martin de Porres, Pray for us. 

St. Peter Claver, S.J., Pray for us.

Venerable Teresa Chikaba, Pray for us.

Venerable Mary Lange, Pray for us.

Venerable Zeinab Alif (Maria Giuseppina Benvenuti), Pray for us.

Venerable Augustus Tolton, Pray for us. 

Servant of God, Thea Bowman, Pray for us. 

St. Benedict the Moor, Pray for us

St. Agustine, Pray for us

St. Monica, Pray for us

 

Pray for us holy men and women, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Amen.

Day 3 - Sep. 1

 

 

St. Martin de Porres is the Catholic patron saint of race relations and social justice. Following his example, we ask today for our eyes to be opened to the realities of systemic and cyclical racism and poverty in our society.

 

Amiable and admirable God, thank you for the example of Saint Martin de Porres’ deep commitment to social justice. May you inflame in our hearts the same love as to share our gifts and talents in charity and solidarity for those most in need today—particularly in service to the work toward racial justice. Help us to be generous with our kindness and companionship in that work. 

 

St. Martin de Porres, intercede and obtain for us from God the grace of standing with those who suffer due to systemic or cyclical racism and poverty, as you did throughout your life.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for us. 

St. Katharine Drexel, Pray for us. 

St. Martin de Porres, Pray for us. 

St. Peter Claver, S.J., Pray for us.

Venerable Teresa Chikaba, Pray for us.

Venerable Mary Lange, Pray for us.

Venerable Zeinab Alif (Maria Giuseppina Benvenuti), Pray for us.

Venerable Augustus Tolton, Pray for us. 

Servant of God, Thea Bowman, Pray for us. 

St. Benedict the Moor, Pray for us

St. Agustine, Pray for us

St. Monica, Pray for us

 

Pray for us holy men and women, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Amen.

Day 4 - Sep. 2

 

 

St. Peter Claver is the patron saint of racial justice. He dedicated his life to serving in the Caribbean those victimized by slave trade. We ask for the grace to follow his example by prioritizing the most abused and neglected in our work for justice. 

 

Most powerful and merciful God, thank you for the ministry of St. Peter Claver, S.J. in service to those victimized by slavery. In a similar fashion, may we jump at opportunities to support and care for those experiencing vulnerability, marginalization, trauma, oppression, and exhaustion from present-day unjust systems. 

 

St. Peter Claver, S.J., intercede and obtain for us the grace of seeing the true dignity of all people and moving our hearts towards compassion for others—both in acts of charity, meeting immediate needs, and justice, challenging and transforming systems that are at the root of injustice and oppression. 

 

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for us. 

St. Katharine Drexel, Pray for us. 

St. Martin de Porres, Pray for us. 

St. Peter Claver, S.J., Pray for us.

Venerable Teresa Chikaba, Pray for us.

Venerable Mary Lange, Pray for us.

Venerable Zeinab Alif (Maria Giuseppina Benvenuti), Pray for us.

Venerable Augustus Tolton, Pray for us. 

Servant of God, Thea Bowman, Pray for us. 

St. Benedict the Moor, Pray for us

St. Agustine, Pray for us

St. Monica, Pray for us

 

Pray for us holy men and women, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Amen.

Day 5 - Sep. 3

 

 

Venerable Teresa Chikaba was kidnapped and enslaved in Spain. After gaining her freedom, she became a Dominican sister, despite facing ongoing racism from Catholic leaders. May we have the strength to call out the sin of racism in the Catholic Church. 

 

Generous and faithful God, thank you for the example of perseverance we see in Venerable Teresa Chikaba. May we imitate her commitment to our faith in calling out the grave sin of racism in the Catholic Church, and in any institution that presently and historically has benefited from the oppression of Black people. May we show perseverance as she did in our work to build a Church and a society that casts off the sin of racism. 

 

Venerable Teresa Chikaba, intercede and obtain for us from God the grace of perseverance in the face of oppression and white supremacy. 

 

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for us. 

St. Katharine Drexel, Pray for us. 

St. Martin de Porres, Pray for us. 

St. Peter Claver, S.J., Pray for us.

Venerable Teresa Chikaba, Pray for us.

Venerable Mary Lange, Pray for us.

Venerable Zeinab Alif (Maria Giuseppina Benvenuti), Pray for us.

Venerable Augustus Tolton, Pray for us. 

Servant of God, Thea Bowman, Pray for us. 

St. Benedict the Moor, Pray for us

St. Agustine, Pray for us

St. Monica, Pray for us

 

Pray for us holy men and women, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Amen.

 

Day 6 - Sep. 4

 

 

Venerable Mary Lange was the foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first U.S.-based religious order for Black women, providing empowerment and education for Black women and children. May we, like her, be steadfast in our work for racial equity.

 

Righteous and gracious God, we thank you for the example of Mother Mary Lange whose leadership and courage provided empowerment and education for Black women and children. May the Holy Spirit guide our gifts, talents, and humility to follow in her footsteps, providing new opportunities for advocacy, inclusion, equity, and Black-centered spaces, especially in the Catholic Church. 

 

Venerable Mary Lange, intercede and obtain for us from God the grace of moving from compassion to action. 

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for us. 

St. Katharine Drexel, Pray for us. 

St. Martin de Porres, Pray for us. 

St. Peter Claver, S.J., Pray for us.

Venerable Teresa Chikaba, Pray for us.

Venerable Mary Lange, Pray for us.

Venerable Zeinab Alif (Maria Giuseppina Benvenuti), Pray for us.

Venerable Augustus Tolton, Pray for us. 

Servant of God, Thea Bowman, Pray for us. 

St. Benedict the Moor, Pray for us

St. Agustine, Pray for us

St. Monica, Pray for us

 

Pray for us holy men and women, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Amen.

Day 7 - Sep. 5

 

 

Venerable Zeinab Alif was kidnapped and enslaved in Italy, and then ransomed and entrusted to a convent. She later became a religious sister, despite oppression during an anti-Catholic phase in Italy. May we similarly work for justice, even in the face of oppression.

 

Kind and pursuing God, we thank you for the gift of Venerable Zeinab Alif, who as a child was kidnapped in Sudan and then enslaved. Fr. Nicolo Olivieri brought her to freedom in Italy, where she continued to experience oppression and racism. She took secret religious vows due to anti-Catholic sentiments in Italy. 

 

Venerable Zeinab Alif, intercede and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. May we be granted the grace to tirelessly work for racial justice, even and especially in the face of anti-Blackness and white supremacy, as you fearlessly pursued your own vocation in the face of oppression. 

 

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for us. 

St. Katharine Drexel, Pray for us. 

St. Martin de Porres, Pray for us. 

St. Peter Claver, S.J., Pray for us.

Venerable Teresa Chikaba, Pray for us.

Venerable Mary Lange, Pray for us.

Venerable Zeinab Alif (Maria Giuseppina Benvenuti), Pray for us.

Venerable Augustus Tolton, Pray for us. 

Servant of God, Thea Bowman, Pray for us. 

St. Benedict the Moor, Pray for us

St. Agustine, Pray for us

St. Monica, Pray for us

 

Pray for us holy men and women, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Amen.

Day 8 - Sep. 6

 

 

Venerable Augustus Tolton escaped from slavery and became the first Black priest in the U.S. He dedicated his life to serving in Black Catholic parishes. May we be granted the grace to commit ourselves to our own local communities in our work for racial justice.

 

Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of Venerable Augustus Tolton, who escaped from slavery and became the first Black priest in the United States. May we be inspired by his confidence in fulfilling the pastoral and ministerial work of God’s kingdom in Black Catholic parishes, despite frequently facing pervasive racism in the Catholic Church. 

 

Venerable Augustus Tolton, intercede and obtain for us from God the grace of continued confidence in fulfilling the will of God, and the grace of commitment to working diligently for racial equity in our own local parishes, schools, and communities. 

 

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for us. 

St. Katharine Drexel, Pray for us. 

St. Martin de Porres, Pray for us. 

St. Peter Claver, S.J., Pray for us.

Venerable Teresa Chikaba, Pray for us.

Venerable Mary Lange, Pray for us.

Venerable Zeinab Alif (Maria Giuseppina Benvenuti), Pray for us.

Venerable Augustus Tolton, Pray for us. 

Servant of God, Thea Bowman, Pray for us. 

St. Benedict the Moor, Pray for us

St. Agustine, Pray for us

St. Monica, Pray for us

 

Pray for us holy men and women, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Amen. 

Day 9 - Sep. 7

 

 

Sr. Thea Bowman dedicated her life to dismantling racial and cultural barriers that lead to oppression, suspicion, hatred, and division through song, preaching, prayer, and storytelling. May we similarly use our gifts and creativity in our work for racial justice.

 

Beautiful and magnificent God, we thank you for the gift of Sister Thea Bowman. Her work to dismantle racial and cultural barriers shows us how to work to seek equity, peace, and reconciliation during times of ignorance and intolerance. 

 

Servant of God, Thea Bowman, intercede and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession, especially the grace of both breaking down barriers in our Church and society and of using our gifts, talents, and creativity in doing so.  

 

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for us. 

St. Katharine Drexel, Pray for us. 

St. Martin de Porres, Pray for us. 

St. Peter Claver, S.J., Pray for us.

Venerable Teresa Chikaba, Pray for us.

Venerable Mary Lange, Pray for us.

Venerable Zeinab Alif (Maria Giuseppina Benvenuti), Pray for us.

Venerable Augustus Tolton, Pray for us. 

Servant of God, Thea Bowman, Pray for us. 

St. Benedict the Moor, Pray for us

St. Agustine, Pray for us

St. Monica, Pray for us

 

Pray for us holy men and women, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Amen. 

 

 


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