I’m surprised that it’s been three years since it occured to us to start our day with the Hail Mary and a few petitions (“God bless Daddy at work.”). Three years is so big in our young family’s lifetime. For some of us, it’s been forever.

Since that day, I’ve tried to add a few things randomly here and there. One thing that seems to have stuck is the reminder of the commandment to love. We’re there, we’re sitting, we’re already praying, might as well remember the most important thing: The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

These days, it seems appropriate to sing our mini Holy Spirit song in the days leading up to Pentecost.

If that has given you some sort of impression of a picturesque group of angelic children, still and quiet and looking fondly at me as I lead our little morning prayer, let me just gently smush that mistaken thought now before it takes root. It’s kind of like hearding cats. I daily beg for the patience to not loose it on my well-meaning darlings who think that morning prayer is the perfect time to bop a sibling on the head, or kick a sibling on the shin. Or continue reading Narnia and then look me in the eye and say, “What?”

[Sigh] Come, Holy Spirit!

If you’re still with us for the novena, today is day 3:

Day 3


Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate.

Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Peace within us.

The Saints were tempted, attacked and accused by the devil who is the destroyer of peace. When we are accused by the devil, come to our aid as our Advocate and give us Peace that lasts through all trials!


Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord,


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