This year I had the intention of doing the Divine Mercy Novena. With minor issues (like me not having the apostle’s creed memorized and the special intentions memorized) I was able to get started.
I started on Good Friday and made it all the way to Wednesday. Friday I went to pray and realized I didn’t do Thursday’s prayer. Just great, now I got to wait until next year to get this novena done properly.
I got really down on myself on this. Jesus Christ comes and reaches out and I can’t even do a simple thing. sigh I can’t even persevere for a novena, I now have complete doubt about persevering to the end of my life. Awfully depressed.
Peace to you Dear Bob on this Divine Mercy Sunday. My prayer is that you feel the beauty and peace of the Mercy of our Dear Savior Jesus.
Rejoice in the Divine Mercy of Jesus. Rejoice with all of us, we all fail every day in so many ways and yet God’s Mercy reigns down over us.
Look at the beautiful picture of Jesus in the Divine Mercy picture. Those rays of Mercy are for you and me and all of us. None of us deserve this Mercy, yet He pours it out on all of us - even on those who do not know Him.
That’s not the purpose of this novena. Novenas are prayers said for nine days, but in this one, each day Jesus asks us to lift up a certain group of people that are dear to His heart, and implore mercy for them. Each day has a different intention, whereas any other novena has only one intention that is prayed for nine days. Can we not impolore Jesus’ mercy for others on any given day, and not during a 9 day run? It becomes almost superstitious and legalistic to be so precise and think Jesus would not hear your prayer if it happened to be broken for a day.
It is not useless if you missed a day, except that you just missed that day’s intention. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
No worries, I missed one day this year for the novena as well and just prayed two days intentions on the next day. Our Lord is extending his mercy and grace- He is not trying to trip you up on a technicality, so trust in His mercy today and know it is for you!
Are you awfully depressed or is it just a figure of speech?
If you are genuinely awfully depressed about this situation then I would recommend a little bit of congitive behavioural thereapy. It will help take the pain away from the issue.
It matters not in comparison to other life events, I know that with having Asperger’s, what feels small and insignificant to other people can be a major catasphrophy in my world and thankfully I have a very patient priest. But we need to assess for ourselves in reality that whilst for us it is a big deal, in life events there is a proper place and I know that is hard and it hard not to grieve over something that we have failed to do that is nothing to someone else. So yes, allow yourself the time to grief and accept the failing. Okay, you forgot it… you resolve to do better next year. What are you going to do now to help you resolve to do better next year? ie make a calender of the days that you are going to say it and tick it off as you do so, so that you know you haven’t said it before going to bed that night… or whatever your plan is. Have a good think how you might improve your chances for next year. Put it to one side and carry on with life and do not let the depression totally consume you.
In between time, if you haven’t then why not seek out a spiritual director and they might be able to guide you in the direction you are wanting to try and pursue which will also help you equip yourself for once of promises and routines of how to carry on if you forget.
It is hard to accept what we find it hard to break down what others class as minor in day to day living. But we do have to and find ways that works for us so that we don’t become too overloaded.
There’s no contest with Olympic judges holding scoring placards at the end, critiquing your style and form. There will be no revocation of graces given because you forgot to do part of your plan. You’re praying, you and other people are receiving graces, and Jesus is pleased.
Jesus is still reaching out. Ask for and accept his mercy. Be merciful. Trust in his mercy.
***You don’t have to wait till next year to pray the Divine Mercy Novena, you can start it again - just like any other novena it can be done any time of the year. There are many novenas that traditionally begin nine days prior to the specific feast day associated with that novena; however all of them can be prayed at any time of the year, as often as you wish. ***
If you were thinking of the plenary indulgence associated with the devotion on Devin Mercy Sunday, the novena is NOT one of the requirements for that indulgence. The Lord’s mercy is endless!
The Lord said He would grant graces to those who say the chaplet at anytime. He did not tie it to a specific season of the year. He will grant you graces for saying it, asked that it would be said as much as possible, for sinners at the hour of death, etc. I would be careful here in beating yourself up to much about this, or to think that saying it before Divine Mercy Sunday is more important than any other time. To do so is to doubt God’s mercy and is counterproductive to the whole point of the devotion.