Nightmares

I woke up to nightmares and because I spent last night (pre-bedtime) spending time with the BVM, I knew exactly what to say to those demonic influences…

“In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind the spirit of [name of spirit] and send you to the foot of the Cross to be judged by Our Lord.” I repeated this as many times as necessary.

One spirit, whom I could not name, lingered, and I gave it a withering reminder:

“I am a child of the Most High God. I have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. I walk in a state of grace. You have no power here save what the Father gives for correction because He loves me and desires me to be closer to Him. I am beloved by my Mother, and she has already crushed your head so that I may walk securely.”

Did you know? Demons don’t like being reminded about Mary. They hate her.

The Rosary has been compared to a rope that when you pray it, you tie yourself with Mary at Golgotha, transfixed, to the foot of the Cross. Let us be unwavering in our devotion and grow more strongly in love, for Our Lord, for His Mother, and for each other. Thank God for His goodness, and for Mary’s faithfulness and example. And may you be encouraged to remind those demons just exactly where they belong.

Praying The Examen

The examen prayer has been mentioned before on my website (here) in the context of a book review, but I’d like to dig into this a little deeper today and share about how treating the examen as a sort of spiritual check-up can impact our lives for the better. The Ignatian examen finds its origins in The Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Continue reading “Praying The Examen”

Finding Strength Along the Journey

There are days when we need an extra dose of strength to help us keep reaching higher. Ultimately, our strength as Christians comes from the Lord. Thanks be to God that He has given us His Word to draw from as a source of comfort, strength, and encouragement. It is not infrequent, I have found, that I stumble upon a meditation or devotional that I follow via email that confirms what I sense the Holy Spirit is telling me at some point. In my charismatic background, we would call this “having confirmation” when multiple sources are all pointing us in the same direction, it might be God trying to get our attention. It might not, depends on the message.Continue reading “Finding Strength Along the Journey”

My Rule of Life, 2019-2020 Edition

In April 2018, I wrote about how to go about establishing a rule of life, and since this has been a subject coming up recently, I thought it was time for an annual revisit. I’ve broken my guidelines into Morning – Day/Afternoon – Evening – and General/Year-Round.Continue reading “My Rule of Life, 2019-2020 Edition”

Doorways

As I am writing this, we are seeing morning footage of the damage from yesterday’s fire at Notre Dame de Paris. Incredibly, but not surprisingly, the Cross gleams amidst the rubble and the ash. The sacred relics of Christianity are saved. God is merciful.

My heart is joined with fellow Catholics in France and around the globe, mournful for the loss, but I am also hopeful that this tragedy will rekindle in the French nation a return to Christ and the godly principles that can restore a nation, nestled in the arms of Notre Dame, as she petitions on our behalf to the Almighty and Eternal God.


Today, I had been planning to share a word that I received a number of weeks ago that I hoped might be of some encouragement to you:

“You don’t have to walk through every doorway you come across.” – attributed to the Holy Spirit, 03/30/19

What does this mean for you? I believe it means that in the hallways of your life, a door may be open, or about to open in your life, but it may not be God’s will for you to enter. Choose carefully.

When in doubt, I’ve found that what works for me is to try and take the next right step, whatever that is, and then the next one after that, trusting that God will reveal the path as I go along. If that sounds a little like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, you’re right.

When the way forward doesn’t seem clear to you, don’t be afraid to take that step of faith. Believe. And if you suddenly realize that the hallway you thought you were walking down was actually a closet, your next right step is turning around and exiting. There’s no other doorway but the way you came in. It’s never too late to make an adjustment. Just start.

Keep reaching higher,

Lauren