Day Nine: Thursday, October 17

Reflection: Let us pray over these words from Pope Francis:

"I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person's life. God is in everyone's life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else-God is in this person's life. You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God."

Intercession: Dear Lord Jesus, you are the Good Sower who plants seeds where we least expect growth, yielding bountiful harvest.  We trust that, with your help, the mustard seeds of wisdom and understanding take root in our students - especially in those we least expect - and bloom forth as they break new ground in personal growth during their time at Saint Anselm College.  New seeds are indeed being planted and tilled during this time of transition. May our community continue to provide fertile soil cultivating Anselmians who care about each other, the college, and the world beyond campus.

Pray the Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's, and Glory Be.

Action: Journal for a few minutes about your experience praying this novena and your hopes for the Saint Anselm College community as we move forward under new leadership.  Thank God for the opportunity to be a part of this process and for your ability to make a difference in the lives of your colleagues and students.

We thought a novena to be a particularly special way for the Saint Anselm Community to prepare for and celebrate the Inauguration of our tenth President, Dr. Steven DiSalvo.  Together, whether near or far, the Saint Anselm family can be in prayer for these nine days.  The Novena will begin on Wednesday, October 9 and conclude on Thursday, October 17, we will then gather (here on campus or via live feed) on October 18 for the Inaugural Mass. Read more »