“So, I asked God what can be done to overcome such powerful and well-financed lobby groups [such] as Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union? Within a matter of minutes, the idea of a 54-day rosary novena popped into my head.”
A novena is nine days of prayer, and a rosary novena means praying the rosary every day for nine days. Hence, a 54-day rosary novena is actually a series of six novenas: three novenas to petition God and three novenas to thank God. Its roots go back to the 19th century and the miraculous cure of a young Italian woman, Fortuna Agrelli, through the intercession of Our Lady of Pompeii.
“To be honest, I’ve never prayed a 54-day rosary novena before,” Reigle admitted. “I knew that it exists and that it is very powerful but, I have to tell you, the insight in prayer came as a surprise.”
Reigle, who is also pastor of St. John Church and Student Center in East Lansing — which serves Michigan State University students, faculty,…