I’m embarrassed to say that I’m surprised.
I’ve always tended to think of novenas as kind of silly. Some of my prejudice comes from all those prayer cards that say “pray this novena in this particular way and you’ll get whatever you pray for.” It seems a little superstitious and also a little manipulative to me.
But…I prayed a nine hour novena last Wednesday for work for my laid off dh. He got a call on Saturday morning and has worked two more days this week. This is after 8 weeks of nothing. wow. :dancing:
I feel pretty stupid. Of course, God wouldn’t give us novenas (through the Church) if he didn’t find them pleasing. :o
I usually pray the Divine Mercy novena, but that’s about it.
I once started a 56 day rosary novena for my dh’s conversion. I wasn’t completely faithful to it, but I did all right. I was doing it mostly because a friend who also is in a mixed marriage asked me to join her in it. A couple weeks after I finished it, my dh started RCIA, but dropped out mid-way. I was really surprised when he joined because it came out of nowhere.
I wonder if my lack of faith in the power of the novena contributed to his lack of perseverance/faith. Oddly, I never connected his joining RCIA to my novena until recently…
I would love to hear some more stories about novenas and their effects. I think I might become a novena junky.