A novena is a prayer which is traditionally said to obtain special graces over the space of nine consecutive days, hence the name novena after the Latin word for nine, "novem".
By saying a novena you are putting yourself in a place where miracles may happen and opening yourself to God's Grace by renewing your trust in him on each of the nine days. Nothing complicated is needed, just a quiet moment and a quiet corner where you live, perhaps use a picture of St Cajetan to focus your thoughts (please feel free to use and print any you find on this blog) and light a candle in front of it to symbolise Gods light and the flame of your hope. Take a moment to empty your mind of thoughts and find a peaceful place within, then focus on the grace you need and open your heart to God in prayer.
NB. Always use candles responsibly and never leave them unattended!!!!