I started praying a new prayer for my girls a few months ago.
Dear Lord, please let them be holy. Protect them from my sins, vices and falls and guide them home with Your Holy Light keeping them pure and white and making them holy.
Guess what, since beginning this prayer He is changing me again! I have fallen in love with Our Blessed Mother, Saint Mary. I was drawn to a book about her and now I long to pray to her, I look to her as a guide, a mentor and as the perfect example of mothering.
I didn’t tie these two events together at first, but as I think more about it I believe they are connected. How could I, a person loaded down with baggage filled with selfishness, greed, unkindness, and sin ever hope to raise children who are holy?!?! Alone in my greed, selfishness, and ever growing pile of wrong doings, it would not be possible, but with God leading the way anything is possible.
Thank You My Love for opening my eyes once more to one of Your Own Beloved, Your Queen, who so desperately wants to show us the Way, Your Way, Yahweh.
I joined a gym recently and a few weeks ago I took a body combat class. It was a great class, but I didn’t like focusing on an imaginary opponent.
About halfway through the class I decided that my opponents would be some of my own personal vices. With each punch or kick I focused on pushing out things I don’t like about myself and then tried breathing in virtues I would like to replace them with.
By the end of class it finally hit me…
Imagine standing in a room surrounded by mirrors. As the mirrors reflect back on each other their reflections go to infinity, but as you look you can only glimpse the edges of infinity because YOU are in the way.
I am my only obstacle.
The only way to truly follow our sweet Jesus is to get out of our own way, deny ourselves.
For every wrong done to us I think we need to recall a wrong that we have done to another and then suffer through that memory rather than stew over what has been done to us. I don’t think it is easy and I think this is just the first step, but the only way to get anywhere is by taking the first step.
Jesus thank You for waiting so patiently to take this first step and every other step along the way by our sides!