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By Emily Chaffins, Catholic Exchange, May 28, 2024

Emily Chaffins is a fiction writer who has won multiple awards, including a Silver Key Award in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Humor Category) and First Place for Undergraduate Fiction in the Florida International University Student Literary Awards.

Avatar photoI was a high schooler when the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown struck. All of a sudden, there were no more days at the park with my homeschool group, no more choir or guitar lessons, no in-person Mass. By that time, everyone in the world had discovered Zoom. My family decided to put this up-and-coming technology to a special use: we formed a Zoom-based prayer group with our homeschool community and committed to praying a little-known gem, the 54-Day Rosary Novena.

We first heard of the novena from a parish priest shortly before lockdown. My family was going through a difficult time, and the priest suggested the novena to us. …

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