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A 54-Day “Get Strong” Novena

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Today begins a 54-Day Novena which will end on 01 Janury 2021, a feast day celebrated by the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church: The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

More information about Fr. Richard Heilman's “Get Strong” Novena can be found here. Special meditations and Bible readings will be offered for each day of the Novena, but the most important part will be daily recitation of 5 Decades of the Rosary.

I've done several of Fr. Heilman's 54-Day Novenas and have found each one to be an edifying and worthwhile experience. I'll be doing this one, too.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 09 November 2020, ~09:40 Central Time.

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Good coffee and a little exorcism...

... have proven to be a great way to start my day.

One of the unexpected benefits of this 2020 pandemic lockdown has been the time it has afforded me to fully participate in the Let Freedom Ring: 40 Days to Freedom from the Devil prayer project. All of us in the project start our days with this “Freedom From The Devil” prayer.

My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, At a word from You the devil and his minions flee in terror. You are the source of all truth. You are the source of all strength. By the power of Your Cross and Resurrection, we beseech You, O Lord To extend Your saving arm and to send Your holy angels To defend us as we do battle with Satan and his demonic forces. Exorcise, we pray, that which oppresses Your Bride, the Church, So that within ourselves, our families, our parishes, our dioceses, and our nation We may turn fully back to You in all fidelity and trust. Lord, we know if You will it, it will be done. Give us the perseverance for this mission, we pray. Amen. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception … pray for us St. Joseph … pray for us St. Michael the Archangel … pray for us (the patron of your parish) … pray for us (your confirmation saint) … pray for us

We are also expected to pray a full 5 Decades of the Holy Rosary each day, and we are provided daily meditations by one of the three priests who run the program. We're also supplied with other classic Church Littanies and prayers of reparation for each day, too.

This 40-day project ends Saturday but I plan to continue some elements of it indefinitely. The exorcism prayer offered every morning has proven to be a great comfort and I intend to keep at it. And the daily rosary is actually something I'm supposed to be doing as a member of the Knights of Columbus. When becoming a Knight we're instructed to keep a Rosary with us at all times, and to pray it often. In times like this, for most of us, that means praying it daily.

Fortunately for me, as soon as this 40-day project ends, a 54-Day Novena is scheduled to start: Novena For Our Nation , subtitled A Battle for the Soul of Our Nation & the Catholic Church will run from August 15 to Oct. 7, 2020. I've participated in one of these 54-Day Novenas before and already have a hard copy of the Training Manual in my library, so I'll be ready to join in as soon as it starts.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 10 August 2020, ~17:45 CDT, this is my post number 55/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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A New Prayer Project


Given my advanced age and my health conditions, I am obliged to hold myself under strict self-quarantine until a safe and effective vaccine against the current Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Flu is available. Now if I was younger and healthier I'd be out and about and active as all younger, healthy folks should be. But since I fall within that tiny segment of the population to which the CCP Flu is particularly fatal, I choose to remain hunkered down.

That being the case, I welcome the Let Freedom Ring prayer project that begins today. I've participated in long novenas promoted by Fr. Heilman in the past and have found them to be beneficial and VERY time consuming. Since I have a lot of free time these days, I welcome this new 40-day project. It will help fill the hours of the days from now through mid-August.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 07 July 2020, this is my post number 42/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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I am scheduled to be the Lector at this evening's Mass, so this morning I practice the readings.

With the day's first coffee in the mug before me, my book is opened to the Mass readings and I read them aloud, over and over so my mouth will become familiar with saying the words, with phrasing the sentences properly.

Some Lectors prefer to do the Readings cold, to wait until they're standing in front of the Church with the big Missal book open before they look at the verses they're going to read. I am not one of those!

Given the condition of my vision (glaucoma and compound cataracts in both eyes) it's never certain that I'll be able to see the words on the page when I have to read them. It is more than a little scary to be standing in front of everyone, with the book open and microphone turned on, and have the words in front of me begin to fade in and out of focus and swim around like fish in a bowl. Yes, that happens to me sometimes.

By practicing the readings before hand, by becoming used to saying what I have to say, I'm more relaxed when I'm up in front of the microphone and better able to work through whatever trickery the old eyeballs may pull.

So I practice.

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