the mudpond

It's good to let things breathe in your imagination because often your initial response to it is not the best thought-through response. I savour little glimpses of life. Mine and those of people who turn me sideways and around. Friend or stranger. Even a child. (the world looks different from down there) Sometimes an author, photographer, artist. I let things saturate and incubate here. Hopefully, deeper meanings can percolate up and flower.

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A stray cat.


Pentecost Novena

A NOVENA IS a traditional Catholic prayer method. Novem (nine) is nine days of private or public devotion to obtain special graces. According to New Advent: "The number nine in Holy Writ is indicative of suffering and grief". It is also faithfully used by people who are searching for answers, healing and personal needs.

The novena for the Holy Spirit honors Jesus Christ. It commemorates the nine days between the Ascension of Our Lord and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the first
Pentecost Sunday. This is the prototype of all novena said on Ascension Thursday. The series of prayers for the 9 days follows here.

I'm beginning mine,
THE PENTECOST NOVENA, the most ancient of all novenas, today.

You can also do the same for your own special intentions or for the needs of others e.g: you may know someone:
with a terminal or serious illness
· who is a victim of alcoholism or drug abuse
· who left the Church or is angry with God.
· Or who simply needs to be lifted from sadness, depression or despair.

The links given here provide a day-by-day guide with prayers and recommended readings, so you can perform the Novena in the privacy of your own home (create a shortcut of the link!), or print out a copy to pray at the tabernacle in church.

On Pentecost, Mary also prayed together with the disciples. Today she prays with us and offers our prayers to God in union with her Son. You can also bring your cares to her and light a candle at her shrine.

Peace and blessings to all!

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