WELCOME! Here is my not-terribly-eloquent attempt to grow closer to God via... blogging. Unfortunately for you, I'm not sure what that means either. I guess we'll find out!

I'm 30 years old, married to an IT Guy and a stay-at-home-mom to two spectacularly gorgeous children. While we attend Mass on Sunday mornings, I spend the entirety of the Eucharistic Prayer focused on making sure the baby uses her crayons on the bulletin, not the pew

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Oh, I TOTALLY get this. I've done 9-day Novenas, the St. Joseph statue, all (seemingly)(but also, God answers prayers in his own way, huh?) to little to no avail. But you're right there is something to be said for saying a beautifully written prayer rather than "Dear God, please please let me find a job that isn’t sucking the life out of me." Or something equally selfish and ineloquent.


Maggie, I love that you are loving the novena. You know, I got it in the first place from a friend at Ave Maria who knew how sad I was about our struggles to conceive. She pulled out this old-fashioned looking prayer book (the traditionalist sort that I, not a cradle Catholic, have never owned in my life) and showed me the Christmas novena. "Never been known to fail," she said. And I, like you, felt like the whole thing was superstitious but at the same time was drawn to it. And I prayed it and it was beautiful and I adored it, if nothing else, for the beauty it brought to my Advent. And then Camilla was conceived six weeks later. Three years after that we prayed it and Lauren's Nate was conceived, no joke, during the Christmas octave, after she'd gone more than three years without once seeing a second line on a pregnancy test.

So I believe in this novena, and I pray it every year for some intention or other (except for the conceptions, the intentions have been nebulous enough that I can't really say if the novena has "worked" or not), and I love it most for the way it focuses my mind during Advent. On that stable and that mother and that perfect baby boy, bringing His light to the world.

Maggie, I sense so much hesitation and self-deprecation in the way you write at this blog... but I want you to know how much I appreciate it. There is so much temptation for me to write these pieces about faith with all the strings perfectly tied up, but that is not so helpful, I think, and I just love the realness of what you write here. I think it's a beautiful witness and I'm just really, really glad and grateful that you do it.


Rebecca Raye

I was doing this, then I forgot. Then I remembered again. Think I can start it part way through or will the "magic" be gone. I guess next year will have to be the year instead.

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