Prayer Pledge 2017: Day 25

So many BIS sisters have beautiful practices in their prayer rooted in our shared Catholic tradition. I am so, so often inspired by the devotions shared in our regional Facebook groups, and women’s commitment to them. Our faith is rich in devotions, and we all grow when we practice them as a community.

The Rosary, saints, the Liturgy of the Hours, novenas — all of these tools help us grow in holiness as spiritual beings.

Comment below with your thoughts:

Do you have a favorite devotion or saint, one you turn to again and again?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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    January 25, 2017 at 6:29 am

    My now fiancé and I took part in the 54 day rosary novena for our nation. This was the first time that either of us successfully made praying the rosary a regular part of life. There were so many graces that we saw, praying the first 27 days in petition, and the second 27 days in thanksgiving. It made me a more thankful person, looking for how God was working through our prayer, even when it felt like they hadn’t been answered yet.

    Our first week of engagement, we did a novena to St. Josemaria Escriva for a happy and healthy marriage (http://www.josemariaescriva.info/docs/marriage-novena-st-josemaria.pdf), which has prayers for engaged couples and married couples. Now we are offering a 54 day novena for an increase in chastity in our relationship, leading to an increase in love in the world. We have done our best to carve out the time to offer these two most recent novenas together. It can be difficult, especially being long distance and having to coordinate over the phone on the way to work, but the difficulty has challenged me to be more open to God’s graces.

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    Megan Cahill-Assenza
    February 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Marian devotions are my favorite. I always turn to the Unfailing Novena of Mary Undoer of Knots during difficult times. The last time I prayed the novena, I learned that there are some knots will take more than nine days to undo. My current knot is still being worked on. I constantly turn to Mary, again, and again. After daily mass, I walk up to the Mary statue and kneel and pray in front of her. The feeling I feel in front of her is indescribable. I feel this tug or hug on my heart and a sense of relief in my heart.

    I love to wear my Miraculous Medal that I slip on the chain of one my cross necklace and my miraculous Medal bracelet. I also love to wear my other cross necklaces, bracelets, and ring. One of my dreams is when I have my own place I would love to have small little chapel way back in my back yard devoted to Mary. If that never happens, I would love to a Marian garden devoted to her.

    When I remember in the three o’clock hour, I will pray the divine mercy or pray, “Jesus have mercy on me…I trust in you.” I also love going to Holy Hours and being in front of Jesus in adoration. There is nothing like it. The surrendering of everything in front of God as you are down on your knees receiving His love, His peace.

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