Life is a journey; the choices you make now will determine your eternal destination.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Evil

Lets talk a little bit about evil.
We all know that evil is rampant in the world today, and that the secular media either doesn't cover the atrocities that are going on, or supports the evil in their own back yard.
It has gotten to the point where evil has become commonplace, and is defended as a right.  I know I did say I wasn't going to get political any more, but evil happens when good people remain silent.
I'll get to that in another post- but this one is about personal experiences of evil.
A few weeks ago,I was dreaming that someone evil was trying to get into my house. This being was in the guise of someone familiar, but the presence of evil around him was palpable. I managed to keep him at bay- barely- and then I woke up and yelled, Satan, go away! The evil was still present so I got up and grabbed my Holy Water bottle and sprinkled every door window and room in the house- and that took it away.
A couple of days later, I was cleaning my office, and found some writing on my wall, in a place that I would have seen it previously. The words were written in green crayon, one above the other: Killing Me Self and below that was the word Stop enclosed in a square. Within inches of these words are a palm Cross that I put up, and a framed photo of my daughter. I would have seen those words before, surely! The interesting thing is that there was a suicide on this property a few years before we came to live here, and it is likely that the room I use as an office was his bedroom.
It makes me wonder if evil can dwell in a place, waiting for a chance to take hold of a soul. From the day I chose this room as my office, I have filled it with holy things- Bible, and other books written by saints, rosaries, holy cards and pictures. I also use it as a prayer room.
Evil dwells here no more.
Do any of you, my readers, have personal experiences of evil?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Midnight Musings

Sometimes, I can't sleep at night, and I use the time to examine my conscience. Last night, as I was pondering things, thinking about all the people who turn away from God for whatever reason, people I know or have known, it made me sad to think that when they turn away from their Creator they open the door to deception. Only God can create a beautiful and perfect soul, made in his own image; the devil cannot create, only corrupt souls. All we do in our lives speaks to the choice between good and evil. Trouble is, most people, myself included, don't always recognize evil in the little things we do. Sure, it's easy to see, like when we see a news feed of people being beheaded or crucified over in the middle east, or watch news stories of murder and mayhem and political corruption- but what about the little things in our own lives?
Many saints have said that before we go to sleep, we should examine our conscience, think about all we said and did during the day. When we awake in the morning, before we even get out of bed, offer ourselves and our thoughts, words and actions up to God.
Oh how easy it is to forget Him during the day, to get caught up in our own supposed importance, our vanities and our pride, or our seemingly justified anger and criticism. And oh yes, that is a tool of the devil. That somehow, WE become important in our own eyes; what WE want is the predominant principle in our decisions. Oh how the devil loves pride! How he deceives us into believing that WE are worthy of praise and respect, and that it is what we should strive for!
Of course, the antidote is humility. We have so many examples among the saints who understood this; but in our daily lives, how many people can we find that we consider truly humble? Can we consider ourselves to be humble, or vain and proud? I think I'm a work in progress, like most people who truly love God.
Thank God for the sacrament of Confession.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A prayer

In this time of persecution of the Church and legislated evil , I take refuge in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I place myself under the protective mantle of Our Lady of Sorrows. I pray for the graces I stand most in need of, to strengthen me in my faith and I thank God for the blessings he has given me, and pray that I shall never have to come face to face with  the vileness that so many Christians face on a daily basis.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The beauty of Sacred Music




As I prepare to go to Mass this morning, facing the thought that the music will most likely be some of the bland hymns penned by contemporary writers, my soul longs for the uplifting beauty of the hymns of the ages. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Another year closer

I'm considering a slight change of direction for this blog. I prefer to no longer comment on worldly issues, social justice, news, the things going on at the Vatican etc. To grow spiritually, one must not be entranced with worldly issues, but concentrate on the journey within oneself. At least, this is true for me.

I find that I have a bit of an obstinate streak; when I don't like someone or something, I have a hard time in letting go of that and looking at the situation in the light of Christian values. (My husband is much better at this than I am!). This will be my focus this year, to overcome my attachment to my own desires and kick them a couple of rungs down the ladder of importance. I want to benefit my soul, and the souls of others, and not worry about the matters of day to day living. I pray that the Lord will order my daily life, give me inspirations of grace and help me to achieve my ultimate goal: to live according to His will for me, so that I may spend eternity in His Holy Presence- oh the joy!