July 31st is the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola the Founder of the Jesuit. It also marks the closing of the ‘Ignatian Year,’ celebrating 500 years since the conversion of St Ignatius. To commemorate this occasion, on July 31 Superior General Arturo Sosa SJ will renew this consecration to the Sacred Heart.
We would like to invite you, as members of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network [Apostleship of Prayer], to join in this celebration. We invite you to join in a 9-Day Novena leading up to the consecration on July 31. In the novena, we will be calling upon the intercession of saints who had a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please join us, with the Jesuits and members of the Prayer Network in this novena, and by making a personal consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on July 31.
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Bio: St. Alphonsus was born on September 27th, 1696 and is the patron saint of moral theologians. He was especially instrumental in fighting the heresy of Jansenism. He was ordained a priest and founded the Redemptorist Congregation in 1732. He wrote the first Sacred Heart Novena and died in August of 1787.
Prayer: St. Alphonsus we pray to you in gratitude for writing the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus that has resulted in so many answered prayers. We ask that you bless all theologians and priests as they serve the Holy Church.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, we entrust ourselves to you. We surrender to you our day, hopes, dreams, prayers, conversations, and work. As we join Father Arturo Sosa in the consecration of the Jesuit Order to the Sacred Heart we ask for the intercession of St. _______________ to pray for the Jesuits and my own special intentions.