Monday, June 27, 2016

On My Mind and My Prayer List

Liz and Jim close on their first home today.  Babysitting will be so much easier and grand baby will be right down the street!  Happy grammy!

Caity and Jimmy are settling in their new home, 2 miles away.  Happy momma.   Caity still having terrible, long migraines.

Erin almost done with her nutrition internship and will need a job in her field soon.

Joshy is coming home this weekend!!  HOOT HOOT!! He needs a job as well and a base to his liking. He is hoping to be much closer to home (Maryland or Ohio).

Amanda will be home at the end of the month for 2 weeks!!  HOOT HOOT!! (It's a family thing!)  By then, she will be done with her cadaver dissection and she is ready for that.

Michael needs a car and a job!

Joey needs a driver's license, a car and a job!!!!!!

Hannah wants a job.

What to do about Claire and school in the Fall.

Wayne and his business.

For our marriage.



Megan--for strength in the face of new challenges, courage to combat the enemy-cancer, and HEALING.  John, Michele and Meg's sisters who are all fighting the fight with her.

Me (who I regularly forget to pray for) for my shoulder to stop hurting.  And whatever else God wants for me to do for Him, that He make it plain for me to see.

The election.  Sigh.

An end to abortion.

For cousins who long for a baby to love.

For our priests who help keep us headed in the right direction.

For the folks I see at daily Mass who are aging, ailing and dying.  For the young people at daily Mass who are starting their day with the Lord. So refreshing to see high school and college "kids" at 6:30 a.m. Mass.

For all those I have promised to pray for!

Reminder:   Novena to St. Maria Goretti (child Saint whose story you need to know) starts today!! St. Maria, pray for us.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Nine Days That Will Change You

A novena is nine days of prayer for a particular intention.

The very first novena occurred between Jesus' ascension into heaven and the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.  After Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples "returned to Jerusalem…went to the upper room…[and] devoted themselves to prayer."  (Acts 1:12-14) Nine days later was Pentecost.

Those nine days of prayer not only prepared them for the coming of the Holy Spirit, it prepared the disciples to carry out God's will for them.

When we enter into prayer, our goal should be to do the will of God not to have God bow to our will.  Yes, we come with our own petitions and how we would like our prayers to be answered, but we have to understand that God knows what we need far better than we do and He will only do for us that which will draw us closer to Him (if we let it) and that which is He knows is best for us.

I will tell you from experience, novenas work!  I have prayed novenas since I was a child.  Do I always get what I ask for?  If I unite my will to God's than yes.

Does it always look the way I think it should or hoped it would?  No.

Does it always turn out the way it should? Yes, because, again--God's will.

Are my prayers always answered immediately? No.  The key is to trust and not give up the prayers.

There are LOTS of novena prayers out there.

One must understand that to pray a novena you are asking the Saint to whom you are directing the prayer to intercede for you, not to answer your prayer.  They pray with and for you;  God does the answering.

A  novena to  St. Therese of Lisieux will almost always yield roses for you.  You can even specify a color and she will come through. (When my sister was ready to conceive her first child I prayed specifically for blue roses.  Boy did I see blue roses-in winter!  They were grave blankets but they were blue roses!  She had a baby boy the next summer!!!)

A novena to St. Jude is said for intentions that seem impossible.

Novenas to St. Gerard are said for conception, a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery.  Nine out of 11 of these novenas were answered with a "yes" for us.

I don't know if there is a novena to St. Anthony of Padua because lost things are found pretty quickly when you ask him to intercede for you.

Many single people have turned to St. Anne and St. Joseph when they are ready to find their spouse.

Google can help you find any number of novenas.  I typed in-novena for- and the first four options were cancer, anxiety, marriage and healing.  Look up your specific request and find a new Saint friend.

If you already pray novenas and would like to pray more of them, here's the site for you:  If you sign up you will get novenas sent to your email several times a year.  You will have the prayer power of over 200,000 other people praying with you for your intentions and they will have you praying for them.

The couple who started the site found each other after each had done a novena to find a spouse.

Give a novena a try.  We all have something on our heart that requires intense prayer.  Invite the Saints to intercede for you.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Are You Available?

In his book, Beautiful Mercy,  Matthew Kelly, makes the following observation:

"There is only one type of person God has used powerfully
throughout history: He does incredible things with the 
people who make themselves available to Him."

What is your availability? 

How does one go about making oneself available to God?

A few suggestions:

1) First thing every morning, offer your whole day (prayers, works, joys and sufferings) to God to use however He wishes.  

2) Make all your movements a prayer: 
  • Pray for your family while you do the dishes instead of grousing that they left the kitchen a mess AGAIN!  ( I was talking to my sister last night and she told me her daughter explained that she leaves her dirty dishes in the sink because she knows she is being prayed for while her mother washes them! ) 
  • Pray for the owner of the gas station while you fill up.
  • Take walks and pray for the people who live in the houses you pass.
  • Pray for you boss and co-workers while you are doing your daily tasks.
  • Pray for those with whom you share the road (or airplane) while you travel around. 
3) Turn off your devices for a while everyday and just listen.  You may be surprised! 

4) Ask God what He wants of your day.  Be prepared to have your plans change as you let God shake things up! 

God wants to use us to further His kingdom, but often we are so busy doing what we think is important that we forget to leave room for what He knows is important. 

God will do amazing things with us if we make ourselves available to Him.