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Monday, October 03, 2005
Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!
On several unrelated times these past few days I have seen just how merciful and good Our Lord is to me and to others. The particulars are not important but what I have experienced is that when stressful events occur we (I) act then look back and think 'uh oh why did I do that'. These particular times I prayed first and waited and prayed a bit more and then I knew what I needed to do. These were unrelated things but if I would have acted differently then not only would I have put my soul in peril but also others. It was certainly not me that did anything in any of these cases but Christ Our Lord showing me a better way. I think we like to look at Divine inspiration as a cloud opening up and rays of light shining down, yes that can happen. It can also happen that God works through a few words of others or in the stillness of our heart. The fruits of prayer, I think, fully mature later when we are not in prayer. I think the book Spiritual Combat Revisited treats that idea better than I can. God is Merciful and so very good and can accomplish great things in the soul that leans on Him. God did not leave us alone to try to figure things out but we have the Holy Spirit to guide us and Our Lord Himself present in the Holy Eucharist. We have the answers we just have to look for them and wait.
Separate situations but now God's Love and Mercy has been manifested in new ways. Christ heals the wounds, wipes away the tears and then pats us on the back and tells us to pick that cross up joyfully and follow again. Thanks be to God!
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!

"..... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." + St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 5: 22-23
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