novena

A Catholic Response to the Planned Parenthood Videos

“Let not your heart be disturbed… Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything.” (Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego) I felt physically sick this morning watching the […]

A Chat with John-Paul Deddens of Pray More Novenas

John-Paul and Annie Deddens

I love novenas…and I hate novenas. I love the focus of them…and I hate the fact that if I forget a day, I’ve forgotten something HUGE AND BIG. Or that’s how it feels. And at this season in my life, I’m finding it’s easier than ever to forget or ignore things that are important, like novenas I want to pray. […]

Vending Machine Prayers

  I just finished up the St. Anne novena, a prayer prayed over the nine days preceding her feast day. Those nine days are a time when single Catholic girls storm heaven in hopes that a tall, dark, and handsome man will come knocking on their front door on the ninth day. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But […]

A Novena to St. John Paul II for Brittany — Please Pray

We’re coming up on the very first feast day of St. John Paul II.  In 2011, just ahead of his beatification, I had the opportunity to interview his biographer, George Weigel, who called his priestly death the pope’s last encyclical. I would argue that, of all the great teachings we have from our former Holy Father – pages upon pages […]

What is a novena and why do Catholics pray them?

Dear Sister Benedicta Marie, What is a novena? Where did they come from and why do we pray them? Dear Friend, Novena comes from the Latin Language and means nine. As used by Catholics this means a series of nine prayers. Usually the series refers to a prayer or devotion offered on nine consecutive days, but the series could be […]

Need Help? Dial 911 for St. Joseph!

I recently ran into a good friend at daily Mass whom I hadn’t seen in awhile, and we lingered outside afterward to catch up on each others’ lives.  While discussing our devotions to various saints, she mentioned that she dedicates every Wednesday to St. Joseph.  She uses a “Spiritual 9-1-1” prayer, based on a devotion advocated by Blessed Teresa of […]

How I First Met St. Jude

My own life did not take on a deep spiritual dimension until I was pregnant with my fourth child.  But, once I turned seriously to prayer and saw the results, I became hooked.   It began when my husband Mark lost his job.  For the first time we consciously put our lives in God’s hands.  Whenever Mark was turned down, our […]