Today marks the official start of the Saint Andrew's unfailing Novena. I, myself, have been saying this for several years now. Some of my prayers have been answered, others are still in the 'spiritual sandbox'.
You're supposed to say the following prayer 15 times a day, from November 30th until Christmas:
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.
I try to avoid watching the news these days. Everything I see just gets me irritated and upset. But for the REALLY bad stuff, my friends tend to call, my wife fills me in, or I get email from my readers.
Such was the case when Planned Parenthood decided to sell "Christmas Gift Certificates".
Every now and then, as I sit down to write my ‘weekly’ articles for The Catholic Letter, I find myself tempted to write something negative. I generally fight such inclinations, and try to focus on something positive…even when it deals with suffering and death. This time, however, I’ll let loose.
The buzz this year is Target booting the Christmas Tree and introducing the ‘holiday tree’. That and 5 million other companies saying ‘happy holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’. Last year, it was thousands of cities taking down their traditional manger scenes.
We’re getting close to our celebration of Christ’s resurrection. And just before we celebrate that, we observe the much more somber historic even – The Passion.