“St. Anne, bring me a man as fast as you can!”

rsz_1ourweddingdayforblogFive years ago, I heard about a couple of other women praying to St. Anne for her intercession that they would, “find a man, as fast as we can!” One woman in particular, I had heard, had met her then-fiance (now husband) after praying the St. Anne Novena. It didn’t take me too long to decide I wanted to pray it, too, and that maybe I would also find a good Catholic man to date.

I was very committed to the novena, and each morning, I would take the novena prayers with me to the chapel and I would sit up in the very front and pray to meet my future spouse. It was the very first novena I had ever prayed. I had never really even heard about novenas before then.

I wasn’t very patient, but I was diligent (still am!)… and looking back, it definitely paid off.

On my way out of the chapel sometime during the novena, I remember beginning to notice that there was a man sitting in one of the pews in the very back of the church, praying. I also remember thinking to myself that I had hoped to meet someone like him someday — someone who was up early, praying, before work. Someone who, like me, was starting their day with prayer. That was a good sign of a good man!

As God would have it (and St. Anne, too!), I met my husband John-Paul just a couple of weeks after I finished the novena, and it turned out that he was the guy I kept seeing sitting in the back of the chapel praying. I was a radio reporter covering a 40 Days for Life campaign, and I ended up interviewing him for my story.

One year after that, we prayed the St. Anne Novena together as we celebrated being together for one year, and just a little more than a year after that, we prayed the Nativity of Mary Novena leading up to September 8, 2012, our wedding day.

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So as you can imagine, I have a bit of a devotion to St. Anne, and her daughter, our Blessed Mother Mary (my name is Ann Marie!). They are truly the kind of mother-daughter duo we all should try to emulate! And their prayers? So very powerful, as they love us so very much!

And since I prayed my very first novena through St. Anne’s intercession, my life has been transformed and my heart has continually been renewed.

Through all of my prayers, I have grown in patience — the patience that Saint Anne exemplified throughout her life while she waited for the Lord to answer her very own prayers to have a child.

And I have learned to trust more in God’s timing and in His will for my life, and His will for my heart, as I’m sure St. Anne also had to do. No wonder Mary knew how to trust so well; she learned it from her mama!

Ultimately, learning these things opened my heart and my mind to pray for something more than what I wanted… but to pray for what God wanted; for His will in my life. And as Saint Anne’s prayers were answered through patience, diligence and trust, some of mine have also been answered throughout the years — like when I met John-Paul.

I do continue to have prayers that have been seemingly unanswered, but I have begun to understand better that His answers and His timing are perfect. So I wait. I wait with hope in my heart, because I would rather live out His answers to my prayers than try to take control myself.

There have certainly been times I have felt let down, times when I’ve been disappointed, and times when I didn’t understand. I know St. Anne can relate!

Throughout all of that, I’ve continued to ultimately trust that it will be okay… and it has. After all, can you imagine how many times St. Anne felt disappointed to find she was not pregnant? God’s answer to her prayer for years was, “Not yet,” but all the while, she probably thought he was saying, “No.”

Waiting for His answers and His timing is difficult, but I see His will for my life being revealed to me little by little, and I cling to those pieces of truth as He gives them to me. And when I think I’m hearing God say, “No,” or, “Not yet,” I am consoled that, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (Isaiah 40:29).

These are the things I’ve learned from our dear grandmother, St. Anne.

I’ve learned to continue to go to prayer with all my heart — on good days and bad, and to continue to wait, to continue to have hope, and most of all — to continue to love, and all the more fully. Because God is good.

 

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  • janrios

    Lovely story how you met your husband. My best friend met her husband the same way too. She would see him at mass every morning when she would attend. God’s timing is always perfect!

  • susan nguemo

    Lovely Story may our Grand Mother St Anne help me and my friends to Locate our Spouse waiting Patiently and allowing God’s will to be done through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen

  • Alma Martinez

    I am praying this novena for like the third time now. I felt hopeless in praying it, thinking God will just continue to say no, but something tells me I need to pray it especially now. May all of us unmarried women who desire beautiful and holy marriages be led to the right men. Please intercede for us, all you holy angels and saints!

    • Jeannes

      Trust He is saying “not yet”

  • Jane

    Thank you, Annie. I needed this post! I’m praying the Saint Anne novena for a job I desperately need. You’ve given me hope.

  • MariaT

    Annie,
    I pray this Novena every year! I have been trying to stay hopeful in meeting the right man to marry. Just last week …. 3 men I have dated have all come back into my life in some form. The beauty of it all is none of them are for me …. I think God is telling me to look at their lives and know that I deserve a good, better and more fateful man than these guys were to me. I just pray God and the holy spirit reveal this to me soon.

  • This is beautiful. So happy to have found your blog!

  • Veronica

    I have always prayed through St.Raphael concerning my spouse.Now I will join up with St.Anne as well.This is a very beautiful story and the coincidence is,every time I go to the chapel I see a man praying I admire and wish to have one like that.Thank you for talking about st.Anne and her patience,I had began to lose hope but am up again in prayer,I believe in the faithfulness of God,I believe I will share my story some day just like you have.God Bless and increase HIS LOVE in your marriage everyday.Amen.

  • Joanne

    What a beautiful story. I will pray that God’s will will be done in your life, in His time and you will get the family you so rightly deserve. Remember, St. Anne waiting so very long to be given our Blessed Mother Mary. You will be prayed for.

  • Eden Yruma

    i always pray to meet my husband unfortunately im still single,now i am 35 yrs old..the man i love always left me broken and got married to other woman.

  • Oh, I recall doing a novena to find my husband, I was 25 years old and I thought I will never married, so I try St.Jude for the impossible case which I thought I was! Sure enough on 9th day, via email, I found out that my future husband (who at that time lived thousands of miles away) and I knew the same family! We finally met (AveMariaSingleCatholics) in NYC at St.Patrick Oct. 8th. I decided to do another novena to St.Theresa of the Little Flower, her 24 days novena and on that last day, sure enough not only I got 12 rose but 24 rose from my future husband and I didn’t even tell a soul about that novena. We finally got married a year later on Dec. 8th! We will celebrate 16 years. We have 5 children on earth and 4 in heaven. The time between my 4th and 5th is 8 years with 3 loss and before I finally got pregnant with Regina my youngest, I did another novena to St.Joseph, of the White Rose. I just felt that my heart need one more baby (I will take more if He pleases to bless us) and I ach so much for the loss of the 4 (especially the last 2 which I had to deliver, I wrote about it here: http://hairbows4lifetheblog.com/2017/05/17/pro-life-wednesday-open-life-also-open-death/) and sure enough at the end of the novena, I went to the adoration chapel and I found 2 white rose with a picture of St.Joseph next to it, 6 months later I was pregnant with Regina and I did all that could to keep her (which her due date was Good Friday of 2016 , almost to date 4 years after I loss my son Benedicto ) But she was born on St.Patrick Day (another of our family favorite saint!) I will keep you in my prayers. Sorry for the long post! God bless your work always!!