The Tradition, Family and Property centre sent out this novena prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel. The words seem particularly appropriate in our times – it was written by Pope Pius XII in 1953.
Holy Virgin, moved by the painful uncertainty we experience in seeking and acquiring the true and the good, we cast ourselves at thy feet and invoke thee under the sweet title of Mother of Good Counsel. We beseech thee: come to our aid at this moment in our worldly sojourn when the twin darknesses or error and of evil that plots our ruin by leading minds and hearts astray.
Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, enlighten the victims of doubt and of error so that they may not be seduced by evil masquerading as good; strengthen them against the hostile and corrupting forces of passion and of sin.
Mother of Good Counsel, obtain for us from thy Divine Son the love of virtue and the strength to choose, in doubtful and difficult situations, the course agreeable to our salvation. Supported by thy hand we shall thus journey without harm along the paths taught us by the word and example of Jesus our Savior, following the Sun of Truth and Justice in freedom and safety across the battlefield of life under the guidance of thy maternal Star, until we come at length to the harbor of salvation to enjoy with thee unalloyed and everlasting peace. Amen.
(By Pope Pius XII, 23 January 1953)
To be said daily from Saturday 18th April to Monday 26th April.
There is a story behind the Novena worth looking up if you have the time. Also there is a litany to Our Lady of Good Counsel.
God bless you.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. –St. James