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Monday, April 11, 2011

Get thee behind me...

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. 

Lately, it seems, "Ol' Smut face" , (the devil),  has been on the move more than usual.  Ever feel like you're getting it from all sides?  Yes, of course you have.  We *all* have.   I am tellin' ya'll.  I have about had my fill of it.   Rudeness, snideness, back-stabbing, lies, deceit, and people who are "finger-pointing-fault-finders" seem to be at an all time high.  And then of course there are just contrary people who'd pick a fight with the Easter Bunny... just for the sake of argument.  

I need to go to confession.  I didn't go this past weekend as I'd planned.  I NEED to go this week, as soon as possible.  Is anger a sin?  I think it is.  Well, wait a second, Jesus was angry once, right?  And He had NO sin whatsoever!  If memory serves me, (and it may not), He flipped those tables in the temple because they were money changers, (I think is how it went).  Okay well, maybe it's the "WHY" part of being angry..   but I am.  I REALLY am.

I had a wonderful priest once ask me if I had a crucifix.  "Yes Father!"  He told me to cut a little piece of string.. and "that" string would represent my problem(s)... and to hang it on that crucifix, and say, "Lord, I am giving this to You.." and let Him handle it.   Wise words.  Very, very wise. 

I try and look at Jesus... the picture of the Divine Mercy..  HIS arms aren't crossed in judgment.. His arms are opened in love.   Sometimes, that's all I can focus on.  Sometimes, that's the only thing that keeps my chin up, and any hope left in me.   Jesus in His Infinite Mercy.  

It's almost Holy Week.  As a unschooler/relaxed homeschooler, we take off TWO weeks... one for "Spring Break" and the other for "Holy Week"..    I'm looking forward to Holy Week.   It's a healing time for a Catholic, (well, this Catholic anyway)..  I love the reflection, the meditation...  His Passion.

Time to put the negativity away.  Thicken up the walls of my "Catholic Bubble", (gotta keep Ol' Smut Face out!) and put my focus on God, where it belongs.  Our spiritual journey isn't always an easy one, but it's the most rewarding life journey of them all.  

1 comment:

  1. Smut Face has been visiting here too! I can't seem to focus on anything. I've not been feeling very well physically...and you-know-who likes to put all kinds of ugly things in my head about that! Like you, I need confession....badly! Oh Lord, have mercy on my soul! Hang in there, Susan....Easter Sunday is almost here!