Daily Archives: February 7, 2010

These Novenas are really working!

Thanks to all who are participating in my blogged Novenas.

My first Novena, the combo Infant of Prague/St. Jude Novena, didn’t get me a FT job (yet), but it got my dad his dream job.

Now, my St. Blaise Novena, focusing on physicians in our lives, my carotid artery, and Allie’s vision was answered in part, before it was even over, by a fantastic report from Allie’s ophthalmologist.

Was her right eye miraculously healed? No. However, he told my parents (who took her to the appt) about a new artificial lens that’s been developed in Europe that is safer for Marfan children than the other lenses out there. He’s going to a conference in April to learn more about it and be trained in it. It’s been approved by the FDA for exceptional cases (Allie fits the bill), so he’s going to apply for approval for her to get the lens implants, probably next fall.

If that goes through successfully, she’ll be able to see better than I can!

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Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes, Day 6

From EWTN:

Be blessed, O most pure Virgin, for having vouchsafed to manifest your shining with life, sweetness and beauty, in the Grotto of Lourdes, saying to the child, St. Bernadette: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” A thousand times we congratulate you upon your Immaculate Conception. And now, O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings. Deign to cast upon us a look of mercy.

By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors, and, already, many have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and physical. We come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence, to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain for us, O loving Mother, the granting of our request: God’s graces upon all those who will be reviewing my job application.

Through gratitude for your favors, we will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that we may one day share your glory.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your divine son while upon earth. You have the same influence now in Heaven. Pray for us; obtain for us from your Divine Son our special requests if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, Pray for us.

DAY SIX
O glorious Mother of God, so powerful under your special title of Our Lady of Lourdes, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the gracious Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare and for the special favor we so earnestly seek in this novena.

Please pray for the Holy Spirit to guide those who are reviewing my job applications.
O Lady of Bernadette, with the stars of heaven in your hair and the roses of earth at your feet, look with compassion upon us today as you did so long ago on Bernadette in the Grotto of Lourdes.

O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation, show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

St. Teresa of Avila on Fleeing from Sin

“Keep this in mind, for it is very important advice, so do not neglect it
until you find you have such a fixed determination not to offend the Lord that
you would rather lose a thousand lives and be persecuted by the whole world,
than commit one mortal sin, and until you are most careful not to commit venial
sins. I am referring now to sins committed knowingly: as far as those of the
other kind are concerned, who can fail to commit them frequently? But it is one
thing to commit a sin knowingly and after long deliberation, and quite another
to do it so suddenly that the knowledge of its being a venial sin and its
commission are one and the same thing, and we hardly realize what we have done,
although we do to some extent realize it. From any sin, however small, committed
with full knowledge, may God deliver us, especially since we are sinning against
so great a Sovereign and realizing that He is watching us! That seems to me to
be a sin committed of malice aforethought; it is as though one were to say:
“Lord, although this displeases Thee, I shall do it. I know that Thou seest it
and I know that Thou wouldst not have me do it; but, though I understand this, I
would rather follow my own whim and desire than Thy will.” If we commit a sin in
this way, however slight, it seems to me that our offence is not small but very,
very great.” (Way of
Perfection
Ch. 40, para. 3
).