From: Mary Zimmerman
I suppose you think thatís a pretty strange title. Well, actually I do, too, but thatís what God gave me, so weíll just wait and see how it goes.
Perhaps we should start by defining each one. Sin is any offense (wrong doing) that we know offends God, yet we do it anyway. We also know there are different degrees of sin, venial, meaning small, and mortal, big. We must put forth the effort to avoid all sin. That should be our intention. Also know God in His great mercy forgives us time after time (confession). I think itís only right and beneficial we mention Satan about now. It certainly seems he is very ambitious and on the go nowadays. However there must be some help for this fallen race, God would not leave us orphans wandering around in this world because of the fall of Adam and Eve. He gave us the sacrament of baptism, the sacrament of penance (confession) and all the other sacraments along our way of life. In other words, prayer is our heroic answer. It turns our hearts and souls toward God. Itís loving Him (He is our best friend, you know), talking, pleading and praising Him. God is not in need of all this but we have the need to do it. But wait a minute! Isnít it prayer that fuels the mind and heart of God to be able to respond to our needs, answering our petitions and diminishing the power of Satan over us. At this moment Iím remembering the prayer of St. Michael. 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.
For us Catholics the Mass is our greatest prayer and the Eucharist, receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus, is the center of the Mass. All the readings, music, sermon are complementary to the Mass and Communion. Upon receiving Holy Communion I personally give thanks to God for all my prayers He has answered, those He is working on, and those He will answer. I know He hears them all. In His great wisdom He also knows the perfect timing to reply to them. He has our best interest at heart, we just have to pray and trust. ďJesus I trust in you.Ē
I hope in some way this article will help you if your life seems shattered for some reason (perhaps the death of a loved one, an accident or illness). It will help you to pick up the pieces and forge ahead with a prayerful heart, determined to combat sin. Then someday sorrow and sadness will lose its sting. Trusting in Godís mercy to one day come into His company, along with the angels and saints and all of our loved ones in heaven.
In closing I want to share one of my favorite prayers.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart with your holy gifts.
Let my weakness be penetrated with your strength this very day that I may fulfill the duties of my state in life conscientiously, that I may do what is right and just.
Let my charity be such as to offend no one and hurt no oneís feelings; so generous as to pardon sincerely any wrong done to me. Amen.