Day Seven: Tuesday, October 15

Reflection: Today we consider the pastoral approach to leadership encouraged by Pope Francis:

"And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all. The confessor, for example, is always in danger of being either too much of a rigorist or too lax. Neither is merciful, because neither of them really takes responsibility for the person. The rigorist washes his hands so that he leaves it to the commandment. The loose minister washes his hands by simply saying, 'This is not a sin' or something like that. In pastoral ministry we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds."

Intercession: Lord Jesus, you forgave sinners and invited them to "sin no more." You demanded much of your disciples yet were always patient with them.   Above all, you showed us how a Good Shepherd gently yet firmly leads the flock forward.  Help us to follow in your footsteps as we walk with and work with our fellow Anselmians in this time of transition, leading always with love, moving forward together.

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

Action: Practice patience today, particularly toward someone who may consistently get under your skin, and be mindful of any "teachable moments" when you can invite someone to learn and grow...even just a little bit.

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 »