Why Prayers Never Seem to Be Answered

It always hinges on your perspective

Barbara Cleary
Catholic Way Home

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Every year at this time I send out into the greater void in FaceBook and other social media sites a reminder that the St. Andrew Christmas novena begins on November 30 (the feast of St. Andrew) and ends on Christmas. It has been also called the “Christmas Novena” for obvious reasons.

My family has been saying this novena for decades, beginning when I was a child. As we raised our family, Tim and I brought our children into it, and, along with things like the Advent Wreath, it became part of our Liturgical New Year traditions.

The funny thing about prayer

Do an internet search for the St. Andrew Christmas Novena or any prayer for that matter, and depending on the site, you will get a history of the prayer, miracles associated with those who persevered in saying it, and maybe different versions of the prayer.

You might even see the statement on various prayers: “It is piously believed that this prayer has never been known to fail”.

“Hmmph,” you may be thinking to yourself. “I’ve said prayers before and a good many of them were never answered.”

You may have even given up on praying….unless you had no other recourse. You know, the whole “there’s no such…

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Barbara Cleary
Catholic Way Home

Catholic wife/mom/Nan to four grandchildren. Writing about my faith, and life in a chaotic multigenerational home while trying to see the humor in it all.