It happens to me all the time. I have the best of intentions, I mean to start the novena with everybody else. Yet somehow I manage to begin a day or two late. This time I missed the beginning of the novena leading up to Pentecost. Was it Ascension being observed on Sunday instead of Thursday that threw me? I dunno. Probably not, it’s just the way I am, a flaw to work on. Sigh. But if you’re ever in the same situation, below are some helpful tips I’ve found.
Someone asked the question over at EWTN and Colin Donovan answered. Fr. Bob offered another solution. Bascially, they say to do what you can and don’t sweat it. Go ahead and start and it’s okay if you end the novena a day or so after Pentecost. The important thing is to pray. And for novenas in general, this comment on a forum is worth a share:
After an interruption of a day or more of the novena: “I continue where [I] left off. Sometimes novenas are like stick-figure drawings that kids offer to their parents.”Comment on the Phatmass forum. [Stick figure from Wikimedia. I didn’t even draw the stick figure for my blog. Crazy, huh?]
Yep, that pretty much fits. Oy, I am so bad about dates. I have reminders all around and I still miss things. I have Alexa and Siri and Wunderlist and iCal, all yelling at me from different rooms or popping up on the phone or whatever device. And I still miss things! I need George Jetson’s Rosie Robot to slap me awake, put my Rosary in my hands and say, “Pray! Do it now!” Good grief. Smh. ;)
Anyway, I hope that helps. Thanks for visiting and reading. God bless you and may His peace be always with you.
This has been a goofy correction of a goofy goof. This is how I keep myself humble. ;)