Mary, Undoer of Knots DAY FIVE…

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Click here to subscribe for daily email reminders. Daily Opening Prayers: Begin each day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, with the Sign of the Cross. Make an Act of Contrition. You can use any form; simply ask God to pardon your sins and make a firm purpose of amendment not to commit them again. Optional, but recommended: Pray the first three decades of the Rosary, with the appropriate mysteries for the day: Joyful (Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays of Advent, and Sundays from … [Read more...]

Can we please talk about the pope…

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... I'm a convert, see, and in my memory I only have two popes. Benedict and Francis. So I have to ask, has it always been like this? Love Benedict and you're old stodgy fart stuck in the dark ages. Hate Benedict and you hate tradition. Love Francis and you are liberal, neo-con little 'c' Catholic. Hate Francis and again, you're a stodgy old fart stuck in the middle ages. Are we not allowed to have an opinion about the pope without having our Catholic street cred called into … [Read more...]

Mary, Undoer of Knots DAY FOUR…

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Click here to subscribe for daily email reminders. Daily Opening Prayers: Begin each day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, with the Sign of the Cross. Make an Act of Contrition. You can use any form; simply ask God to pardon your sins and make a firm purpose of amendment not to commit them again. Optional, but recommended: Pray the first three decades of the Rosary, with the appropriate mysteries for the day: Joyful (Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays of Advent, and Sundays from … [Read more...]

Let me tell ya a little story about novenas…

... They scare me to death. Maybe that's why I've never finished one. Ever. It just seems like every time I start one things start to happen. Things like your internet inexplicably dying for three days and losing your cell phone and the check engine light that keeps coming back on. Oh, and thinking your son has Lyme Disease. Talk about a crazy past three days. At the rate I'm going I'm afraid to see what next week has in store for me. The Boy doesn't have Lyme Disease, by the way. He … [Read more...]

Mary, Undoer of Knots DAY THREE…

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Click here to subscribe for daily email reminders. Daily Opening Prayers: Begin each day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, with the Sign of the Cross. Make an Act of Contrition. You can use any form; simply ask God to pardon your sins and make a firm purpose of amendment not to commit them again. Optional, but recommended: Pray the first three decades of the Rosary, with the appropriate mysteries for the day: Joyful (Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays of Advent, and Sundays from … [Read more...]

Mary, Undoer of Knots DAY TWO…

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Click here to subscribe for daily email reminders. Daily Opening Prayers: Begin each day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, with the Sign of the Cross. Make an Act of Contrition. You can use any form; simply ask God to pardon your sins and make a firm purpose of amendment not to commit them again. Optional, but recommended: Pray the first three decades of the Rosary, with the appropriate mysteries for the day: Joyful (Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays of Advent, and Sundays from … [Read more...]

Mary, Undoer of Knots DAY ONE…

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... A couple of bloggers here on the Catholic channel are participating in this novena and I thought, how wonderful. This exact same novena is what a priest once prescribed to overcome a particularly poisonous spiritual problem I was having. Am having. Because yeah, I have never finished a novena. Ever. When I die they can canonize me patron saint of the failed novena. So this is my effort to finally finish a novena in full and a chance to share with you readers this devotion made … [Read more...]

Shamelessly Blegging Our Way to Summer Camp…

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... Sadly, I wonder if I should make this an annual fund raising campaign each summer. I'm embarrassed to admit that I did this very same thing last year, but I do so love my son and I'll do anything for him. And that anything means swallowing my pride every twelve months to ask you guys for a little help to get my son to summer camp. You see, last year he had such a fantastic time at Scout camp that he's dying to return this summer. He did all the marvelous, filthy things I completely … [Read more...]

From Johnny Rotten to Johnny Reverent in One Easy Step …

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... Does your son fidget and act unruly during mass? Or does he get bored and sit there like a listless lump zoning out? Do you wish he'd be more attentive, prayerful, or respectful and listen to the homily for stinkin' once?!? Now you too can have a new improved, wonderfully well behaved son accompanying you to mass each week with Altar Boy 2.0*! Here's how it works in one easy step. Step 1 -- Make your son be an altar server. I don't care if he wails and kicks and says … [Read more...]


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