Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Join Me in a Novena for Marriages!

M and I praying for our marriage on our wedding day. There are five married couples beyond us!
I am so excited to share this with everyone. I have been planning this and bursting with the desire to share it with you all! I am going to pray a novena for the sanctification of marriages, and I would like to pray it for specific marriages and would love for you to join me!

I have been writing a lot recently about holy families and holy marriages, taking much of my inspiration from the example of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin. You can read about their holy life together here. They lived out their marriage beautifully, centering the family around prayer, and both living lives of heroic virtue. As I wrote my articles, I realized that most marriages do not have an ideal situation for becoming holy. It takes the desire and devotion of both spouses to create a holy marriage, and a marriage that does not embrace all the graces of the Sacrament is missing out.

I am inviting you (and your spouse if he or she desires) to join me and my husband in a novena to Bl. Louis and Zélie Martin (from the site "
“Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin: The Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux” run by a very nice lady Maureen O'Riordan) leading up to their Feast day on July 12. The novena will begin in one week on Thursday, July 3 and end on Friday, July 11. On the 12th itself, we will pray a litany to the holy couple. The novena itself has an imprimatur, so it is even Church approved!
If you would like to follow along with me in the novena, I will be posting reminders on this blog, Living With Lady Philosophy. You can sign up to receive emails with the reminders by following my blog by email in the left hand column, or follow the blog in a RSS feed. I will try to post the reminders to Facebook daily, but since we will be traveling, I cannot guarantee that.

Here you may also leave your intentions for your marriage or for someone else’s in the comments or you may email me your intention to livingwithladyphilosophy at gmail dot com (skip the spaces and use the actual punctuation), and I will add you to my list. If you wish to remain anonymous just give your first initials (ex. M&S) or your last initial (Mr. & Mrs. S) or even make up initials.

I am so excited to share this powerful novena with you my readers and to have this opportunity to pray for your marriages!

8 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this! Thank you for the idea and motivation. I'll join in and please add Brian and me to your list!

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    1. Hi Mary,

      I just wanted to let you know, that we had you on our list. I hope it was a grace-filled novena for you!

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  2. we could so use this novena! having 7 kiddos is tough! please keep mike and me in your prayers:)

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    1. Sure thing, Nicole. :) I hope it was a grace-filled novena for you!

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  3. Now this is a novena I need to pray! I am joining you. I have an unequally yoked marriage and this is just what the doctor (aka the Holy Spirit) ordered.

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    1. Cristina, I am glad you joined, and hope the novena went well!

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  4. I want to join in! Jim and I have signed on to lead marriage preparation weekends for the archdiocese, so we need to do lots of prayers for these engaged couples, as well as ourselves in this new task!

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    1. I am glad you joined in! I hope it was a good novena for you. :)

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