Novena to Saint Kateri Tekawitha
to stop the construction of the Keystone Pipeline
and to end the Tar Sands outrage against Creation
Please pray this Novena (9 days of prayer) commencing May 5, 2013
May 13, 2013 for the special intentions of the Great Plains
Tar Sands Resistance
Lily of the Mohawks,
Beautiful flower among the people,
Who puts all things in their proper place.
We give thanks for the gift of life
that we see manifested in the beauty of the natural Creation,
which declares the glories of God.
Teach us to conserve, and not waste;
to cultivate, and not ravage;
to heal, and not pollute.
Help us to become good stewards of Creation,
as we learn to care for people,
care for Creation,
and have a care for the future,
so that our children’s children
may rejoice in the bounty of nature,
and our sister and brother creatures --
the plants, the birds, the fish, the animals of the land --
may have room to grow, blossom, fly, and swim
as the Creator of all intended from the Beginning of all things
seen and unseen.
Lead us to repentance for our sins against Creation,
the future, our fellow human beings
and the creatures of land, air, and water with whom we share this
Give us courage to seek the right ways
and to end our intemperate exploitation of the gifts of nature.
Teach us to abandon that which destroys God’s wondrous Creation.
For the sake of all that live now
and who will come after us,
help us to live lightly upon the land.
Protect the good earth and the waters,
the plants, the birds, the fish,
the animals, great and small,
from all demons who prowl about the world,
seeking to destroy and devastate these glories of God.
Bring their demonic plans to failure, confusion, and ruination.
Give them bankruptcy and collapse.
Stop the outrageous greed, gluttony, and lust for power
that manifests in the exploitation of the Tar Sands of Canada
and the construction of this Keystone Pipeline through our beloved
Grant strength and hope to all who defend God’s Creation.
Give us prudence, temperance, patience, and fortitude
so that the way we live glorifies God and not greed,
teaches peace, not war,
brings beauty, not destruction,
and cultivates wisdom, not devastation.
All-blest and venerable St. Kateri Tekawitha,
we praise you, for you are our teacher,
revealing things divine!
Pray for us that we may be made
worthy of the promises of Christ.
O God, Who by the life of St. Kateri Tekawitha
has given us an example of fortitude
in the face of persecution,
grant that we who reverence her life may also imitate
her example of fidelity to
wisdom, truth, justice, beauty, and the care of Creation,
through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Our Father. . . Glory Be. . . Hail Mary. . .