Wednesday, February 28, 2007

St. Jude Novena

For all that read this blog, I invite you to join me in praying a novena to St. Jude for BR.

BR has just found out that they have found a "mass" on his brain. He goes this afternoon to a neurosurgeon for more information.

Below are instructions from the St. Jude Novena page on praying the novena for those unfamiliar with this type of prayer. I'll be starting the novena today for 9 days.

What is a novena?
A novena is the reciting of powerful prayers and devotions for a special request over nine consecutive days. Traditionally, a novena included praying, fasting, and meditating.

Do I have to be Catholic to make the novena? Do I have to be religious?
No! You only have to be someone having a difficult time coping with one (or more) difficult problems in your life that do not seem resolvable on your own. You're human! It's alright to be overwhelmed sometimes.

How often and for how long should the novena be said?
Traditionally, the novena prayer is said for 9 days. The 9 days signifies the 9 days the early Apostles prayed together during the time between the Ascension of Jesus, and Pentecost, when they experienced the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. However, there is no hard and fast "rule" for praying; it is best if you adopt a series of prayers and a rhythm for saying them that is comfortable for you and allows you to open a dialogue with God.

What prayers should I say? How do I say them?
Your goal when praying is to focus your heart, mind, and body on communicating with St. Jude. Praying is best done alone and in a quiet environment. Start by closing your eyes, then describe your special need, and make a heartfelt request for St. Jude to intercede on your behalf to help it be realized. Your prayer can be as simple as "St. Jude, please help me with (insert your request)", or if you prefer, choose one from the St. Jude Prayers. You should then follow your St. Jude prayer by saying 3 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary, and 3 Gloria prayers. Although not required, many people also find that meditating and/or some type of fasting during the 9 days provide extra comfort and strength when saying the prayers.

What should I expect to happen?
A novena to St. Jude has never been known to fail for those who maintain a strong posture of faith that God is ALWAYS working behind the scenes for us. For some people, by the end of the 9 days, they will see some visible, concrete proof that their request has been granted. For others, they may receive something that is not what they asked for, but turns out to be what they REALLY needed at this point in their lives. And for others, they may experience a newly-found feeling of hope and peace of spirit, that brings with it the sense that they ARE NOT GOING THROUGH THEIR DIFFICULTY ALONE. The beautiful power of the St. Jude novena is that people can have their requests answered in ways or times they may not have expected. The important thing is to believe that you WILL experience a change, and don't despair if you do not receive an instant answer. Often the path to finding true healing of mind, body, or spirit is a process that will only be fully visible and appreciated after an extended period of time. Praying to St. Jude is the first step in that process.

Whatever you do…

St. Jude Novena - Day 1

St. Jude, please help BR and his famly in this time of uncertainity and stress. I ask that you intercede on BR's behalf to rid him of the mass in his head and all the negative effects associated with his condition.

St. Jude, through prayer you praised God for the wonderful works of Jesus. You asked God for the strength to meet the challenges of your apostolate. You put your trust in God's mercy, believing firmly that God loved you and understood your joys and sorrows, your hopes and fears, and your triumphs and failures. You understood that nothing is impossible for God. I ask you to pray for BR now before the Most High so that he too might be filled with God's saving power, understand God's will for him and faithfully place himself in God's loving hands.

Our Father (three times)
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary (three times)
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Gloria (three times)
Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Minute Meditations - February 25

"In truth and love, then, we shall have grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father."

(2 John 3)

"Our thoughts must be centered on the search for truth and our affections on the fervor of love.
In this way, we will always be practicing divine love."

- St. Bernard

All-loving Father, let me ever be open to Your truth and Your love. Enable me to walk all my days in that love and that truth.

- Every Day is a Gift

Tags: Minute Meditations

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Kids playing in the snow

Check out my other blog for pictures and a video of the kids playing in the snow on Presidents' Day. This is the most snow we have had in years!

From My Inbox: A Lenten Reflection

Actually it is from someone else's inbox, but it was sent to me:

A Lenten Reflection
Give up complaining; focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism; become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments; think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry; trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement; be full of hope.
Give up bitterness; turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred; return good for evil.
Give up negativism; be positive.
Give up anger; be more patient.
Give up pettiness; become mature.
Give up gloom; enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy; pray for trust.
Give up gossiping; control your tongue.
Give up sin; turn to virtue.
Give up giving up; hang in there!


Prayers Please...

Your prayers please for RR and MD as they both have very important doctor's appointments today.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Prayers, Please

I ask for your prayers for the family of Justin Hinch, a 17 year old parishioner who passed away as a result of an auto accident last week.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

The Second Chance Anniversary

Last Wednesday, January 31, 2007 was the one year anniversary of My Second Chance. One year later my cholesterol is fine, my blood pressure is normal and I've leveled out after losing 20 pounds (still got a few pounds to go).

Some changes I've made:

  • No trans fat
  • Total fat in foods less than 12% (try to keep it at 9% or less)
  • Walked 2 miles a day from January - March (need to pick that back up)
  • We go to daily Mass as often as we can

That's all for now...