2 lovely prayers: The Feast of the Annunciation

In just a few days, we will reach the Feast of the Annunciation–celebrating the “fullness of time” when Christ took on our human nature to save us! We celebrate the day when a teenager, the Blessed Virgin Mary, announced a new dawn for us by accepting the role of the mother of God! How inspiring this can be to all children! Just think of the role God gave to a young woman. And if that isn’t exciting enough… every child also knows it means this: We will be only nine months away from Christmas! Like the seasons of Advent and Lent, these nine months from the Solemnity of the Annunciation to the Solemnity of the Nativity can also be a season of spiritual growth for us. This year, why don’t you have your family meditate and contemplate side-by-side with Mary

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Here’s $10 for your 2 cents

Can you help us, please? We’ll pay you for your time! Think of it as part Lenten penance, part “consulting income,” part investment in your children’s future prayers. We at Holy Heroes have been asked over the years to develop a new rosary prayer book for families who want to instill a love of this timeless prayer in their children. We’ve been gathering ideas and drafts and input and considerations and, well—it seems it is time to stop planning and begin writing so we can finally get it out this summer. Why now (at last)? We’ve had so much demand for our Stations of the Cross prayer books, which have been used by parishes and Catholic schools, as well as families in their homes. (Last Friday we picked up the most recent reprint of 4,000 more booklets.) We have

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Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day Nine (OR: do it all in 1 day!)

Here are the prayers for Ash Wednesday, the 9th day of our novena to the Holy Spirit. BUT WAIT: If you are late getting started with us, you can do this ENTIRE NOVENA in just one day (and it is not that hard or time-consuming at all)! Scroll on down below the rules for Ash Wednesday to see how to do the “Express Novena to the Holy Spirit for your Lenten devotions and penances” and let the Spirit get you ready for Lent! And don’t you get intimidated as you scroll down–this is truly an “express novena” that will only take a minute or so at the top of every hour. Trust me! NINTH DAY Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which

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Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day Eight

Here are the prayers for the 8th day of our novena to the Holy Spirit. Jump right in and let the Spirit get you ready for Lent! After the prayers: Listen in silence, then reflect throughout the day: what trials and opportunities come your way that the Spirit in wisdom reveals to be “your cross” that you must pick up to follow Christ daily into the desert of Lent? Ask the Spirit to send the wisdom to recognize them! EIGHTH DAY Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen, warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray! The Gift of Wisdom Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the

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Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day Seven

Monday will be Day 7 of our Novena to the Holy Spirit. We are praying this novena to help us prepare for Lent by asking the Holy Spirit to lead us “into the into the desert” of Lenten penances, just as the Spirit led Jesus into the desert in the Gospels. If you are reading this and you have missed some or all of the previous days– that is OK! A little prayer is better than no prayer at all! Remember the old saying: “Do not let the BEST be the enemy of the GOOD.” In other words: It’s best if you can make it through the entire novena without missing a day. It is still good to pray what you can, even if the novena or prayer is incomplete. So, regardless of your participation the past six days, read on pray on and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into the desert.

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