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Awesome advice July 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic, Society.
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One of the very best things about becoming a blogger is finding and discovering other Catholic blogs run by people striving to live the Faith to their utmost.  I just found another blog today, which probably shows how myopic I am, since I think it’s pretty well known, called Abbey RoadsThere is a great post there about spiritual warfare and devotion to the Blessed Mother:

Today, when there is such an emphasis upon peace and justice, some Catholics do not like using the terms, spiritual warfare, combat, battle, or always hearing phrases such as ‘we are at war’ and so on.  Yet that is what the Christian life has always been, it is a struggle – an intense, knock down, drag out fight, a very real spiritual combat:  To quote St. Paul, ‘Our battle is not just against human forces, but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in regions above.’ [Ephesians 6]

This is why true devotion to Our Lady is so important in our day.  We need to draw close to the Blessed Virgin in prayer, through some form of daily devotion, be it so simple as the devotion of the Three Hail Marys, the Little Office, or the Rosary.  Of all devotions the Rosary is the most highly recommended and something Our Lady herself has requested.  Therefore it is accessible to all – it just takes practice to incorporate into our daily lives – especially when most of us are busy with work, daily necessities and family obligations.

It is always good to remember that the desire to pray is in itself a prayer.  Then, making the effort to pray five decades of the Rosary is better than not trying at all.  Praying the Rosary amid distractions is better than not praying at all.  Using a tape to pray along in the recitation is an immense help.  Use the tape in the car, while out for a walk or a run, while cleaning – it is a great help to accustom a person to the prayers of the Rosary.  Pray the Rosary alone or with others, and use artwork depicting the mysteries – images train the mind to meditate – one is thereby able to focus upon the mystery, upon the person.  Don’t worry so much about distractions or temptations during prayer – be humble about them – let them come and go while you continue to breathe the prayer – in the Spirit.  If you can only pray one decade – it’s a good start – in fact you can pray one decade in the morning, another at lunch, another on the way home from work – after which you will only have two left.  Eventually you figure out how to pray the Rosary every day. 

And when you begin to pray – to really pray – prepare yourself for trials.  Whenever you embark upon anything good in the spiritual life, the combat begins.  Sometimes that can be a sign to “do even more” as St. Paul says. 

Now, the blog owner identifies himself as a gay man.  He has my utmost respect, because he makes plain that he is striving to the Faithful to the doctrine of the Church regarding his sexuality (and all other matters).  This is all we can do.  As I said yesterday, many, many of us have significant crosses to bear, and many of us have aspects of our personality that would love nothing more than to turn away from that Doctrine, or to mold it into something that would allow us to do as we wsh.  I used the analogy of addiction, which I think has quite a bit of merit but which many may reject, because that is something from my own experience that I have to struggle with.  But I do not curse God for making me an addict – I pray I never do, but I know that I could.   I have that within me. 

I pray that many more will with same sex attraction will support Courage, a Catholic organization that seeks to help homosexuals practice a fully Catholic Faith, to the best of their ability.  I’m sure many fail at times, just like many addicts do.  The important part is to try our best to be Faithful to the Truth of Christ, and not demand that it be changed to suit our fancy.

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1. Cori Hyland - July 31, 2010

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