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PAGE 16 THE U.P. CATHOLIC FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 Novena Prayer & Gratitude May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, honored, adored, & glorified throughout the world, now and forever. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, hear me, St. Jude worker of miracles, pray for me, St. Jude help of hopeless causes, pray for me and grant me the favor I ask. Repeat 9 times a day for 9 days. Please publish your appreciation . Thank you for answered prayers! - B.A.R. prayer," he said, noting that this prayer is a gift both for families and the Church. Because we are called by the Lord to follow him in every mo- ment and circumstance of our lives, the elderly have a "special mission" to fulfill and are given the grace to do it, Pope Francis explained. He said that because of this the final stage of their lives is not a time to "give up" and become mar- ginalized, and recalled how Simeon and Anna both received new strength to praise God when they recognized Jesus as the Messiah. "Grandparents today are called to form a permanent choir in the great spiritual sanctuary of our world, to support with prayer and to instill courage with their testi- mony to those struggling in the field of life," Francis said. The Holy Father prayed that in a world which frequently over- looks and discards the elderly, the Church can be a beacon which rec- ognizes "their contribution and gifts," and helps them to foster "a fruitful dialogue between the gen- erations." "How I wish that the Church can overcome the culture of waste, promoting the joyful reunion and mutual acceptance of different generations!" he said, and encour- aged pilgrims to pray for this inten- tion. FRANCIS FROM P15

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