"I would like to know,
when I receive what I have been praying for, i.e. after a Novena, usually they
say that 'you should publish either the prayer or that your request was
answered'. Is that required by the Church? And what are the acceptable avenues
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This is certainly a
pious custom, and it would seem to fit well with the following Scripture
"Thank God! Give
him the praise and the glory. Before all the living, acknowledge the many good
things he has done for you, by blessing and extolling his name in song. Before
all men, honor and proclaim God's deeds, and do not be slack in praising him. A
king's secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and
made known. Praise them with due honor." (Tobit 12:6-7)
...but I know of no
"requirement" of the Church to do so.
I have seen laity
publish these items in various Catholic papers (e.g. classified ads). You could
also publish it for free on our website in the Answered Prayers section - just
here and select the option to share your story/add your post. Note that if your
longer than 750 characters, it would have to be done as an article (for details
regarding user-submitted articles, please visit
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