Today’s novena prayer topic is “women” and I have the same reservations I mentioned last Saturday. Having said that, it is true that men and women are treated differently – cruelly even – and it is right to pray for everyone’s needs and aspirations.

A prayer

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our needs before we ask, and our ignorance in asking. Have compassion on our weakness, and give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (from the Book of Common Prayer, contemporary language, version)