Teach Me to Be Generous: St. Ignatius’ Prayer of Generosity
2020 Novena of Grace
Thursday, Feb. 27 through Friday, March 6
- Weekday Masses 8:00 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
- Sunday Masses 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
at St. Ignatius Parish, 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento
The Novena reflections are offered Monday–Saturday at the 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Masses. On Sunday, the reflection is offered at all the Masses (7:30, 9:30, 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.)
- DAY 1 Thu., Feb. 27: Gratitude That Leads to Generosity, Fr. Mike Moynahan, S.J.
- DAY 2 Fri., Feb. 28: Teach Me to Be Generous, Fr. John McGarry, S.J.
- DAY 3 Sat., Feb. 29: Teach Me to Serve You as You Deserve, Alan Nissila
- DAY 4 Sun, Mar. 1: To Give and Not to Count the Cost, Fr. Chuck Tilley, S.J.
- DAY 5 Mon., Mar. 2: To Fight and Not to Heed the Wounds, Fr. Tom O’Neill, S.J.
- DAY 6 Tue., Mar. 3: To Toil and Not to Seek for Rest, Sandi Holland
- DAY 7 Wed., Mar. 4: To Labor and Not to Seek Reward, Dino Rufo
- DAY 8 Thu., Mar. 5: Except That of Knowing That I Do Your Will, Michael Cheney
- DAY 9 Fri., Mar. 6: Generosity That Deepens Gratitude, Fr. Mike Moynahan, S.J., or Fatima Avila-Ohlsen
History of the Novena
The Novena of Grace began in 1633 when St. Francis Xavier appeared in a vision to Fr. Marcello Mastrilli, S.J. Fr. Mastrilli was awaiting his passage to Japan as a missionary when he was gravely injured with head trauma. St. Francis appeared to him and said:
“All those who implore my help daily for nine consecutive days, from the fourth to the twelfth of March inclusive, and worthily receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion on one of the nine days, will experience my protection and may hope with entire assurance to obtain from God any Grace they ask that is for the good of their souls and the glory of God.”
When Francis vanished, Fr. Mastrilli was completely cured.
What are the graces of the Novena of Grace?
Many of us cannot afford to take time away from our families and work to make retreats. Yet, we deeply hunger for spiritual wisdom and renewal, for intimacy with God amid our hectic schedules, and for companionship with others on a similar journey.
The Novena of Grace offers a unique opportunity to receive the graces of a retreat while still being able to manage our responsibilities “in the world.” In fact, this distinct perspective of having one foot on retreat and one foot “in the world” blesses us in a special way with a heightened experience of God’s heart. By taking a little intentional time for prayer each day, our eyes become wide open to where God is, where God is calling, and how God faithfully loves us in our every day lives.