God: This last entry was disturbing; "The gloves are off, God." "God has taken my bird and my bush." "God is a mean kid with a magnifying glass." "Smite me, O mighty smiter!" Now, I'm not much for blaspheming, but that last one made me laugh.
So because of my current tirade with God, I've reached out to Bridget the Brave's mom and asked that she provide a novena that all of readers could join us in praying. Louise responded "So many good saints to choose from. I kept coming back to the little flower, Bridget's patron and one of both of our favorites. She promised to spend her time in Heaven doing good on Earth. She suffered great physical pain in her young life."
I told her St Therese the Little Flower was perfect! Therese is my confirmation saint and Maranda's middle name. I love St. Therese and she has been there for me before in times of need. Funny thing is, in the past few days I've been pleading with many of the saints and I don't think I've remembered to call on her! I am still praying for the miracle of curing Lisa but will settle for bringing her back to the way she was....controlled pain, able to move around, walk, talk, laugh, giggle, eat, having good days while living with cancer....I know that is asking a lot and there are so many things that could go wrong and inevitably we will end up facing this "last chapter" again. But, I don't care. As I've told the O mighty smiter, Lisa brings more good to this world being here on earth, and yes, I'm selfish and want to keep her with us.
So, we will be saying a Novena to St. Therese, the Little Flower for the Healing for the next nine days. We ask that everyone spread the word and for the next nine days at 3 pm say the following prayer for Lisa’s healing.
PS...for those of you who aren't aware, a novena is 9 days of focused prayer to God which is based on the biblical 9 days that Mary and the apostles awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit after the Lord’s resurrection. Many novenas invite a specific saint to pray for a request. We believe that those in Heaven continue to bless us with their prayers for our well being. Novenas are not magic. They are a way of uniting our prayers in an organized fashion with the understanding that the Lord said “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”
For those who do not feel comfortable saying this type of prayer, we invite you to join us in prayer these nine days in whatever way you prefer.
If you are unable to start the novena today, just start when you can and pray the novena for 9 days.