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Third Step for Trying Times

Yesterday was the feast day of St. John Bosco. The Church has the custom of remembering those who lived exemplary holiness of life, as they are great models for all of us. John Bosco was one of those, an inspirational story to read if you are not familiar with his life. The c hurch also believes that these saints can pray for us in heaven, just like our friends can pray for us on earth. The difference is from Scripture: “The prayers of a righteous man availeth much.” This is another reason we honor the saints in this way.

So anyway, here’s a won derful quote posted by St. John, which is actually going to be my recommendation for Step Three in Trying Times:

“Do you want Our Lord to give you many graces? Visit Him often. Do you want Him to give you few graces? Visit him seldom. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.”

We honor the Blessed Sacrament because of the Bread of Life discourse given to us in Scripture by Our Lord in John 6: “I am the bread of life.” And saying, “…for my flesh is true food a nd my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh an d drin k my blood ab ide in me, and I in them.” Do this in remembrance of me. And so forth and so on.

What is important here is that Jesus has made it clear that he is truly present in the consecrated bread and wine, he himself referring to the “manna” in the desert while he was blessing the bread and the wine. So powerful a story that I cannot begin to give it the profondeur it deserves here, but I will recommend a book that does just that and is very hard to put down: “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist”, by Brant Pitre. POWERFUL book.

So my thrid step here is to spend time in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and keep the Lord company for a while. This adds power to your prayers. It also soothes your soul. There is something special there, and you soon find the Lord helping you also.

It is said that one person can make a difference. Pope John Paul II said this, and he was a living model of how this is so. Each one of us can make a difference in the world. First, spend some time before the Lord, and find out what HE wants you to do. Or perhaps, he will just energize your work and give it his help to fruition. Whatever else happens, you will come from there with a peaceful spirit.

So I will reiterate the steps for trying times:

1.) Begin with prayer. Pray, pray, pray, every day.
2.) Go to Confession and make your peace, reconcile with the Lord.
3.) Visit the Blessed Sacrament Chapel often, for the Lord is there in the form of the consecrated bread. (It was Jewish custom to always bless the bread and the wine before the meal.) This way, you will enlist the Lord’s strength for your work.

And here’s the link to the two previous entries on this:

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