In a previous post I wrote about the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe .
Last year I had written a novena for his intercession for alcoholics and addicts. I neglected to do it this year, but there is no reason for anyone to not start it now. You can say novenas for a saint’s intercessory powers at any time of the year. Traditionally novenas (nine days of prayer, taken from the nine days of prayer by Mary and the Apostles and others in the upper room in Jerusalem between Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven and the descent of the Holy Spirit) are started before a feast day or holy day, and conclude on the day of the feast. Some conclude the day before, but I’ve never gotten consistent answers as to why. Novenas are prayed this way so that your prayers are gathered together with the prayers of all the other people throughout the world who are also saying a novena to the same saint. This signifies the “community” aspect of being a Christian. We are not believers isolated from each other, we form a great community, regardless of distance.
Anyway, since a novena can be said at anytime of the year, and as I blew it this time regarding the start of St. Max’s novena for alcoholics, I am posting links to last year’s novena in case anyone wasn’t around this blog back then and would wish to say the novena today through the next nine days or at any other time. Here they are:"The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"