Thursday, April 3, 2014

Novenas, Padre Pio and Dental School

True Confession: 
I have never faithfully completed a novena in my life. 

Until today.

Big thanks goes out to the website Pray More Novenas ( ) who emailed out the novena prayers each day making it super easy (and hard to refuse) to say the pray each day.

In the past I've tried to do a novena on a piece of paper which I inevitably lost and dropped out of the novena before the end. I mean nine days is a long time, right?

So today, not only did I complete my first novena, a Novena to Padre Pio, but my heartfelt request was answered: our oldest son, Bobby was accepted in dental school!

Last fall he sent in numerous applications to dental schools and in December he got an interview at the one that is the closest to our home. Since then, we've been waiting and waiting and waiting.

My husband has lit a candle in every church we've visited and I've been praying too. But with college graduation approaching May 2, we all were really beginning to wonder what God's plan for Bobby would be.
Our son, Bobby with girlfriend Jen

And then .... the email for the novena.

Nine Days later my intention was answered. An amazing blessing --Bobby called just hours after I had prayed the ninth day's prayer, saying he was accepted! 

Thank you Jesus, Thank you Padre Pio!

CLICK HERE for the Novena to Padre Pio

And so I pray in thanksgiving:
O St. Pio, I come to you today knowing that you are truly a miracle worker. As one who is close to Jesus, I ask that you would pray for these my intentions:
(State your intentions here) Thanksgiving for acceptance into Dental School
I pray with the words of Pope John Paul II as I beg for your prayers on my behalf:
“Glorious, humble and beloved Padre Pio. Teach us, we pray, humility of heart, so that we may be counted among the little ones of the Gospel to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom. Help us to pray without ceasing, certain that God knows what we need even before we ask Him.
“Obtain for us the eyes of faith that will help us recognize in the poor and suffering, the very face of Jesus.
“Sustain us in the hour of trouble and trial and, if we fall, let us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness. Grant us your tender devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus and our Mother.
“Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage toward the blessed Homeland, where we too, hope to arrive to contemplate forever the Glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”Amen
In closing, St. Pio, we pray the prayer you composed for Confidence and Trust in God’s Mercy: “O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Your divine mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Your Church.
Help us to love You with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath Your cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads to heavenly glory.
May we receive You with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow You to act in us as You desire for your greater glory.
O Jesus, most adorable Heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer find favor before the Divine Majesty of Your heavenly Father.”Amen.
All glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
St. Padre Pio, Pray for us! Amen.