“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”  ~Earl Nightingale

The other day I received an email from a dear friend and former coaching client who has been unemployed for over a year now.  Not only has she been out of work, but the cancer that she successfully beat 5 years ago returned and her son lost his job as well.  She wrote me an email to tell me about a wondrous thing that recently happened to her.

As she was at church one day, visitors from Argentina arrived and asked the priest to bless their statue of St. Cajetan.  Being brought up Catholic and never hearing of St. Cajetan, she proceeded to look him up.  St. Cajetan is the saint of the unemployed.  Upon looking him up, she found a novena to St. Cajetan that the unemployed can recite for 9 days with hope of finding employment.  My friend and her son decided to pray the novena to St. Cajetan.  Within the next few days, both of them received job offers out of the blue!

Of course, I was fascinated by this story so when I returned from Peru on Saturday after reading her email, I decided to try it as well.  I am self-employed but since moving to Arizona, I have been looking for new clients too, let’s say, “help my financial flow” a bit.  After only reciting this novena for 2 days, I received a call today from a large government agency asking me to do a workshop for them in a couple of weeks!  Coincidence?  You tell me…

For those skeptics out there, whatever it is you believe is true for you.  But for you believers, here is the novena if you are interested:

Glorious Saint Cajetan acclaimed by all people as father of providence because you provide miraculous aid to all who come to you in need, I stand here before you today, asking that you present to the Lord the requests that I confidently deposit in your hands.

(Mention here the graces desired.)

May these graces that I now request help me to always seek the Kingdom of God and his Righteousness, knowing that God – who dresses with beauty the flowers of the field and abundantly feeds the birds of the sky – will give me all other things.  Amen.

(Say this prayer for 9 days followed by 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Mary’s, and 3 Glory Be’s – if you do not know these prayers, repeat prayers you know that are sacred to you and of your religion in their place.)

I would love to hear your comments on any amazing miracles that happen for you as a result of this prayer!

Remember, even though at times life seems as if it is “against us” because things don’t seem to be going our way, the universe is a kind place.  Nothing happens that is not for the highest good…nothing.  Everything in life has a purpose.  Just because you are not aware of it does not mean it is not meaningful or present.  There are a number of stories of folks who have lost their jobs only to find amazing opportunities waiting for them on the other side of their misery.

Do what you need to do to keep your center.  Take a walk, talk to a friend, exercise, pet your cat, read a good book, take a nap, etc.  Don’t let life circumstances get you down.  Let your internal environment dictate your mood, not your external environment.  The only person who has control over your mood on a daily basis is you.  If you allow someone or something to upset you, it is only because you “allowed it in.”  Keep your internal environment protected.  It is sacred space…treat it as such.

Hang in there and keep your thoughts focused on what you want to bring into your life, not on what is not showing up.  You pull in the exact things that you put your attention upon…make them the good things.

Prayer does not cost anything but can reap wealth in a wonderful, unexpected way.
~my friend, Kathi

Let’s pray for each other and watch the amazing miracles that happen!


Chris Sopa is founder and owner of Chris Sopa International, Inc. You can learn more about her at www.ChrisSopa.com. Find her at Facebook.com/ChrisSopaInternational, Twitter @ChrisSopa, LinkedIn, and .