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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Carmelite Spirituality, Novenas

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Dear Friends, We are approaching a very special day in the Church and one that is particularly important to me. July 16th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is a kind of second birthday to me as it was the day I was confirmed and received into the Church. This year I am asking that you celebrate this day and join with me in a special prayer for a special group of people by praying a novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel... Read More

What is a novena?

April 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Novenas, Prayer, Prayers, Vocal

What is a novena?

Dear Father John, I have a question for your blog! I think I don’t really know what is a novena? How did it appear in the church and why? I know “neuvaine” means 9, but why 9 days before the feast/saint you are praying? Why would I  pray a novena…? This question is right on time! One of the Church’s most popular novenas is the Novena to the Divine Mercy, which starts on Good Friday. Maybe a few thoughts... Read More