Novena Day Three

It’s a bit late today, sorry about that. 

Third Day
St. John Vianney, Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament
O holy Priest of Ars, you had such an overwhelming love for Christ in the Blessed Sacrament that you prayed for hours in His presence. You said that “when our Lord sees them coming eagerly to visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament, He smiles upon them. They come with that simplicity which pleases Him so much.” O Saint of the Eucharist, may your example enkindle in Father ____________ a deeper love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. By your prayers, never let him doubt Christ’s Real Presence, but obtain for him a firm faith rooted in the Eucharist. Help him not to be afraid to defend or preach Christ’s Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Obtain for him the grace to approach our Lord with simplicity of heart as he lays his soul’s innermost thoughts before Jesus’ Sacred Heart. Keep Father ___________________ under your continual protection, that he may be supported by your example and assistance and be faithfully devoted to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. May his life reflect the belief of our Lord’s abiding presence with us. O St. John Vianney, by the power of your intercession, give us Priests devoted to the holy Sacrament of the Altar. Recite the Novena Prayer.
 

Novena Prayer
O holy Priest of Ars, St. John Marie Vianney, you loved God and served Him faithfully as His Priest. Now you see God face to face in heaven. You never despaired but persevered in your faith until you died. Remember now the dangers, fears and anxieties that surround Father ___________________ and intercede for him in all his needs and troubles especially console him in his most difficult moments, grant him serenity in the midst of crisis, and protect him from evil. O St. John Vianney, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for Father ____________________ in a special way during this novena.
 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Novena Day Two

Second Day
St. John Vianney, Full of Zeal for Souls
O holy Priest of Ars, you taught men to pray daily: “O my God, come to me, so that You may dwell in me and I may dwell in You.” Your life was the very living out of this prayer. The divine life of grace abided in you. Your zeal for the salvation of souls was manifested by your total self-surrender to God, which was expressed in your selfless service to others. You gave of yourself unreservedly in the confessional, at the altar, in the classroom, in fact, in every action you performed. O great St. John Vianney, obtain for Father ________________ the realization that God also dwells in him when he is free of sin. Remind him that the salvation of his soul is the fulfillment of his existence. Awaken in him a sense of self-giving for the salvation of souls. Obtain for Father __________, by your intercession, a zeal for souls like your zeal. May he see that God dwells in him and in his fellow men. Obtain for him from our Lord the grace to lead all men to salvation. Let your prayer be his: “If you really love God, you will greatly desire to see Him loved by all the world.” Recite the Novena Prayer.

Novena Prayer
O holy Priest of Ars, St. John Marie Vianney, you loved God and served Him faithfully as His Priest. Now you see God face to face in heaven. You never despaired but persevered in your faith until you died. Remember now the dangers, fears and anxieties that surround Father ___________________ and intercede for him in all his needs and troubles especially console him in his most difficult moments, grant him serenity in the midst of crisis, and protect him from evil. O St. John Vianney, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for Father ____________________ in a special way during this novena.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Novena prayers

I had hoped to get this posted and sent out last night.  It didn’t happen quite like I had planned.

Please join me in praying for our priests and bishops.   They are in such need of our prayers right now.  The Church is under attack daily and our priests feel the brunt of it.  They need our spiritual support.  Please, if you feel compelled, pray in a special way for my parish priest and others in the diocese in which I live.  There is a particular attack in our diocese that we are trying to fight.  The only way to win this battle is through prayer. 

I will be starting a novena to St. John Vianney today.  It will end next Saturday, just in time for us to offer our Mass for the intentions of the novena.  St. John Vianney is such a beautiful example of the priesthood and our beautiful Holy Father gave us a great thing in dedicating this year to our priests, through St. John Vianney’s intercession.  I ask that you offer sacrifices during this nine days.  Go to confession.  Offer your Mass for the intentions of this novena.  I know our priests need our spiritual support, we must put on our armor and fight where and how we are able. 

First Day
St. John Vianney, Who Accepted the Cross
O holy priest of Ars, as a young seminarian you encountered many obstacles on the road to the Priesthood, but you realized that to suffer was to suffer with Christ on Calvary, and so, if following our Lord meant taking up His cross, you lovingly embraced it. Your motto in life became loving while suffering and suffering in order to love. You did not get discouraged, but your strong faith united you closer to Jesus every day of your life. Oh great St. John Vianney, you know what is needed for Father _____________________’s salvation–a strong faith able to accept the will of God in all things. To serve Christ, he too must take up his cross and follow Him. By your prayers, obtain for him a heart full of courage and strength. Obtain for Father _____________________ that same courage and strength to follow Jesus wholeheartedly even if it means following Him to Calvary. Intercede for him before the Lord that he may do the will of God, obey the commandments, and loyally love the Church, the Bride of Christ.

 Novena Prayer
O holy Priest of Ars, St. John Marie Vianney, you loved God and served Him faithfully as His Priest. Now you see God face to face in heaven. You never despaired but persevered in your faith until you died. Remember now the dangers, fears and anxieties that surround Father ___________________ and intercede for him in all his needs and troubles especially console him in his most difficult moments, grant him serenity in the midst of crisis, and protect him from evil. O St. John Vianney, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for Father ____________________ in a special way during this novena

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

summertime!

As I said in the last post, way back in JUNE, this is not a quiet season for our family!  Not that there ever is a quiet season, but this is quite busy!  It seems that in light of the activity I’ve taken a small blogging break, happens.

Life has been active and beautiful!  We’ve had fun with Fourth of July picnics and Summer Music Camp and the Midwest Catholic Family Conference (were you there???  Wasn’t it awesome?????  I have so much I want to say about it!  Another post, other news this time)

We have also had a summer full of surprises, both my sister and sister in law are pregnant with BOYS!! They’re due two weeks apart, around Thanksgiving. Busy fall! We got a surprise of our own the beginning of July. It seems as if we’ll be adding another little one to our family sometime in mid March! A positive pregnancy test isn’t usually a shock to us (NFP and all) but this time was a bit different. Just didn’t anticipate that one! We are so thrilled though. We told our children and they all shouted with joy (can I tell you how happy that makes me that my children rejoice at the news of a new member of the family???? Just LEAPS with joy!) We’ve been slow in making announcements because we just don’t need the attitude and comments that many people seem to think necessary (as if they were making some sort of PSA) when hearing the news of a new baby in an already large family. We are thrilled! We are so excited!! We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of this new one, and yes, we’re completely aware of just how far away that really is!

So, that’s been our summer. I have diapers to change and lesson plans to write and a house to clean while I’m feeling somewhat human! More on the conference soon!

PEACE!!!!