Little Flower Novena

Prayers to be said each day:

Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of divine love.

V. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.

R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

 

Let us pray: O God, who have instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant that by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be ever truly wise and rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love: O my God! I believe in Thee: strengthen my faith. All my hopes are in Thee: do Thou secure them. I love Thee: teach me to love Thee daily more and more.

 

The Act of Contrition: O my God! I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance , and to amend my life. Amen.

 

Concluding Prayer Prayed Each Day:

O Lord, You have said: Unless you become as little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven; grant us, we beg You, so to follow, in humility and simplicity of heart, the footsteps of the Virgin blessed Thérèse, that we may attain to an everlasting reward. Amen.

Special Prayers for Each Day:

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When it’s So Difficult to Pray

I often hear newly bereaved parents say, “I just can’t seem to pray at the moment.” Yes, I remember feeling the same way in those early weeks after our baby Thomas died. When we need prayers most, why is it so difficult to concentrate and pray?

I tried to pray the Rosary. I’d sit with my beads and begin, but my thoughts would wander away after the first few words. Eventually I’d realise I wasn’t praying at all. I was thinking about Thomas.

I confided my problem to my close friend, Sarah and she kindly said, “But Sue, we will pray for you. That’s what we’re here for. Don’t worry.” This brought me a lot of comfort. I am so grateful for the people who prayed for me. But still I was concerned. Why couldn’t I pray? I needed God. I had to pray.

A long time later, I realised I was actually praying during those traumatic and difficult days. I was praying non-stop. I was just praying in an unaccustomed way.

For weeks, all I could think about was my son. Thomas consumed every thought. I thought about him all day. I went to bed thinking about him. I woke up thinking about him. Nothing else was important. And what I was thinking about most of all was, “Why?” Why did God allow my baby to die when I wanted him so much? Why didn’t God answer my prayers?  Was I unworthy? I was suffering like I’d never suffered before and I was trying to make sense of it all.

Then I realised my thoughts of Thomas were bound up completely with God. I was trying to make sense of my suffering, but no answer was possible without Him. I was having an unending conversation with God.

Living continually in God’s presence? That’s something we all try to do. I think that’s exactly what I was doing during those early weeks of sorrow. Despite thinking it was so difficult for me to pray, I was actually praying constantly. I was praying like I’d never prayed before.

And though I felt far, far away from God, I am sure He was there holding me so very close. He was right there beside me, listening to my prayers… the prayers I was unaware I was even praying.

 

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Special Prayer Request

Prayer Request: For Ethan, a little boy with Down Syndrome who is critically ill with Pneumonia. His Mom writes:

Our entire house was in the middle of going through a round of the stomach bug, including Ethan. And his turned bad…fast. He became completely lethargic with labored breathing. When he got to the ER he declined quick. He was put on 100% oxygen and was still desatting. By the time they got him admitted and into a room, it was clear he would need to be ventilated. They did a chest x-ray and found pneumonia in his lungs. His stomach was filled with blood. Initial labs came back normal, so further cultures were taken. There was a point where it was so critical they did not know if he would make it through the night.

We are waiting for results to get some idea as to what is going on internally. Ethan remains on the ventilator, where he is sedated.

One would think that after having a child hospitalized for 2 years, we would be strong. We were not. It was probably the most broken moment I have felt in these 2 years. I did not realize how quickly we had put the memories of the hospital behind us. And I did not know how easily the feelings would come rushing back.

O Mary, be with this family, send all of your angels to guide them to healing and comfort them in this fearful time.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you ♥

Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

Video

The Seven Sorrows prayer will bring peace and consolation to the most desperate situations and will transform even the most hardened hearts.

**The narrator is Immaculee Ilibagiza, a woman who was in Rwanda during the Marian Apparitions at Kibeho and during the genocide. To learn more about her incredible story, visit http://www.immaculee.com/ **

I apologize for the video being cut short. The prayer is as follows: “Most merciful Mother, remind us always about the sorrows of your son Jesus”

 

 

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St. Joseph patron of the unborn, call upon him…

Have you endured the loss of miscarriage?  Please consider naming your unborn child just as the angel Gabriel told St. Joseph what to name the unborn child so God will lead you as you call on St. Joseph for intercession as well as the baby’s own guardian angel.

“The angel then makes explicit Joseph’s role to give the child the personal name that indicates his identity: “you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Together with Mary at the circumcision, Joseph fulfills this command of the angel. In doing so he declares his legal fatherhood over Jesus, and proclaims the child’s mission as Savior. Without hesitation he accepts his responsibility as father, trusts in God’s love, and puts his faith in the salvation the child has come to bring.

St. Joseph was the one chosen by God to name His own Son, and since he was told the specific name to give while the child was still in the womb, he is a most fitting model and patron for this important, but difficult step. He may be prayerfully invoked for assistance in choosing and giving the name.”

 

*Quote: http://www.osjoseph.org/osj/patron-unborn.php#sec05