Good things come in nines
When at first you don’t succeed, pray, pray, and pray again. A novena is repetitive for a reason; its nine days help us remember others and open our hearts.
Six years ago, I was at a Fourth of July party when a woman I know handed me a photocopied sheet. “I’m asking everyone to pray this novena for my fiancé’s brother, who is struggling with mental illness,” she said. “You say the prayer nine days in a row.”