OK, so I don’t want to get all “Church Lady” up in heeya, but it is rather interesting how the Evil One works. Ever noticed how, when you’re doing something really wonderful for the Kingdom or for your own soul, Satan comes after you?
Case in point: Several years ago, I noticed that every time I went to Reconciliation, Ray and I would have a HUGE argument shortly after I got home, always over something ridiculously trivial. Hmmm…
Seriously, though, I realized that Satan really despises a clean conscious, and he knows just how to trip my triggers and get me to do, say, or think something that I shouldn’t! Since that realization, I make a point after confession of praying for protection against the snares of the devil. Voila! No more post-confession fights!
More recently, he’s attempted to attack my commitment to spend time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. After discussing it briefly with Ray, I signed up for a time slot in the early morning, thinking that my family would never even notice that I was gone. The morning of my first “shift,” Boo woke me 25 minutes before my alarm was set to go off, saying that she didn’t feel well. Hmmm…
She acted fine, so I went to lay her back down in her bed, only to find that her sheets were soaked, but it appeared to be only water. Thinking all was good, I headed out a short while later and – I must say – had a wonderful first day as an official adorer. There’s something to be said for being in the chapel, just me and Jesus! (Though there’s also something to be said for an hour like the one I had today, during which at least five additional people were there well before dawn, come to adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.)
Well, I learned when I got home that Boo woke up again while I was gone, having thrown up water in her bed, threw up again while Daddy was with her, and woke the Dude, who proceeded to have a major “I need Mommy” crisis. All in the hour and a half that I was gone! I was told in no uncertain terms that, if there were anymore mornings like this one, I was NOT allowed to go to adoration anymore. Hmmm…
(Fortunately, I had asked Ray what he wanted me to pray for, and the prayer was granted, which did ease the situation quite a bit!)
But wait, there’s more! The following week, late Monday night, I mentioned that I had to get up insanely early. Ray says,
“Tomorrow’s Tuesday. I’ve got adoration.”
“You said that was only once a month!”
“You said that was only once a month!”
“Ummm, nooooo. I didn’t.”
This went on for a few minutes, then…
“I feel deceived.”
And so on and so forth until finally I think maybe, just maybe I managed to convince him that deceiving him in order to go to adoration would be completely counterproductive. But he still insists that I said it was only once a month!
Feeling “deceived”, he was ready to put the kibosh on the whole thing. Hmmm…
Fortunately, I’ve made sure to pray well in advance of adoration these last several weeks, and it’s been smooth sailing.
I’m a believer in Phil 4:8: “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely… think on these things.” But I also believe 1 Peter 5:8: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Maybe these things are just coincidence. Maybe they’re not. Regardless, being aware of where our enemy might prowl about, and knowing that he delights in stopping “whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure…” I’ll go ahead and be “alert and of sober mind”, and keep that prayer to St. Michael going.
St Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Where have you recognized the enemy prowling about, seeking the ruin of souls? Have you witnessed the power of prayer in warding him off?