Novena To The Holy Spirit, Day Three

In our house we’re off and running on this novena to the Holy Spirit. Dad had a great discussion with the kids the 1st day, asking WHY a Novena to the Holy Spirit before Lent if Jesus is the Person we are trying to imitate. Very interesting to hear the difference between the kids who have been CONFIRMED already (and Therese, who is in Confirmation classes) and the littler kids. God’s the Father, Jesus is our adopted brother…but the Holy Spirit is the gift given to us by both! Let’s not forget Him! So: here’s everything for Day Three of our novena to the Holy Spirit! It’s OK if you missed the first and/or the second day. You can catch up on the prayers for DAY ONE HERE and on the prayers for DAY TWO HERE. If you are late but want to start it now over nine

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Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day Two

Join us in this novena to the Holy Spirit asking to be humbly led into the desert of Lent this year…where the Holy Spirit wants to lead us…how the Holy Spirit wants to lead us…giving up our will and desires for the penances and sacrifices we would choose for ourselves, and instead to recognize and accept those chosen especially for us by the same Spirit Who led Jesus into the desert for His “40 days”. These prayers below are for WEDNESDAY, the 2nd day in the novena. It’s OK if you missed Day One. You can find it HERE. If you want to read our post on WHY we are praying this Novena, you can read it HERE . If you subscribe to our blog by entering your email address below, you will receive reminder emails with links to the daily prayers. (Isn’t that the

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Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day One

Now we are only 10 days before Ash Wednesday (unless you are some of our friends on the other side of the world who are a day ahead of us)! February 20th is the Feast Day of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinto, two of the Fatima children. So we’ll celebrate in our house today (and listen to Glory Stories volume 13 “Secrets from Heaven: The Story of the Children of Fatima” here in the CD or here for instant download). One more day to invite your friends to subscribe so they, too, can be part of this novena, which we will actually begin on TUESDAY and end the morning of Ash Wednesday. Read on below for a bit of background. We have also provided Day 1 of the novena below so you can print it out to be ready to pray as a family whenever is most convenient. We want to prepare our Lent

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This Lent, try preparing as Jesus did for His Own Lent

With just a few days to go until we begin Lent, we’re all starting to think, “What shall I give up for Lent?” Let’s admit it. As Catholics, doesn’t this often become a combination of: New Year’s resolutions (to break some habits and fix those things about ourselves…once and for all…this time)? Yummy things to drop for a time (which we’ll charge right back into enjoying once Lent is over…but we’ll also lose some weight in the meantime!)? Spring cleaning (like “40 Bags in 40 Days” and all sorts of other de-cluttering ideas that always spring up this time of year)? Is that the best approach? It makes me think: Since Lent is all about imitating JESUS going into the desert for 40 days…this year, let’s start

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11 books every Catholic Middle Schooler should read

Hi, I’m Therese, one of your Holy Heroes Adventure Guides! Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I read before breakfast…during breakfast…between school subjects…while I’m waiting for lunch…before swim practice…in the car home from swim practice…and sometimes I even get in trouble for reading when I’m supposed to be doing something else. We even had to make a rule in my family that you can’t bring a book to the table while waiting for everyone to come down for meals (and my siblings say that I’m to blame)! Ah–well: after all that reading (and re-reading–because I like to read some books over and over and over), I have come up with a list of books that I think every Catholic Middle Schooler should read. To make

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