Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. Matthew 14:24 In praying for peace yesterday, this scene from the Gospel of Matthew came to mind. A storm is chaos. It signifies helplessness. We struggle to control the situation, but spending all our … Continue reading The Storm
My Love, I have your portrait to bring you to my mind.Within its painted eyes I look when I would comfort find.But its "eyes" are wells of paint; no tears they offer me;As for seeing, Jesus Mine, no help if you had three.And your face, my Love, so still... Can it be you love me? … Continue reading Still Face
St. Therese of Lisieux dreamed of serving Jesus as a missionary in Vietnam. Jesus had other plans. As she was lying on her deathbed, her sister Celine (Sister Genevieve) said to her, "Since you want to go to Saigon, perhaps when you are in heaven, I shall go in your place to complete your work, … Continue reading Vocation
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The Rosary has been described as our best weapon in Spiritual Warfare. We ask Mary--she who pondered everything in her heart--to help us meditate on the life of Christ. The Rosary drives the demons back, as though we brandished a sword in the midst of a host of angels. But how?
In Spiritual Warfare, the Lord needs only one thing from us: trust! Although all things are dark and there seems to be no hope, He has already set a trap for our enemies. His ways give us courage. He makes us sing and spread joy like the sunrise.
Throughout the centuries, Saints have developed techniques to help the Soldiers of Christ persevere in joy. The best way to make the devil flee is to give him the opposite of what he wants. Here are a few examples.
If we are aware of Spiritual Warfare raging around us, we need the best training. The Lord himself trains us for war. All the Children of God have the opportunity to develop warlike strengths--virtues to aid us in battle.
For all the saints who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia! Alleluia!O may thy … Continue reading Spiritual Warfare I: The History
A centurion approached Him and appealed to Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have You enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I … Continue reading Amazing Faith