April 07, 2007

Holy Saturday

Gentle Reader: The Tempter has been hitting me hard the last 24 hours. First, there was the voice telling me that even though I was newly conscious of the grave sin of applying for a job at an abortion clinic a decade ago, I did not have to go to Confession. "I was just fine. I just went to Confession yesterday." I almost gave in and received Communion at the Good Friday Mass of the Passion. I refrained and found a Confessional right afterwards. Thanks Be to God.

Then, last night, really bad dreams. Not even funny.

"I claim the protection of the Blood of the Lamb"
"St. Michael the Archangel..."


Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I'm praying for you. many saints experienced temptation like these before making religious profession.

After their conversions, St. Margaret of Cortona and Angela of Foligno had similar experiences. Use the Divine Mercy chaplet and try not to dwell on anything the evil one suggests...

Ask Our Lady to help you and use the chaplet. You will come to great peace.

For years the devil tempted me that I had not properly confessed a certain sin, and I would confess it over, until I went to a priest to whom I had once confessed it, and he said, "Terry, you have confessed this to me twice before - it's gone, it's over - the only one who remembers it is you. Let it go." And I did. It's not the same circumstance, but the devil likes to spoil things for us - don't listen.

God bless you. They say Our Lady already received the Holy Spirit and conceived the Lord in her heart spiritually - before the Annunciation - out of her intense desire. Let all your focus and desire be upon that desire, to receive the Holy Spirit in all His fullness tonight. Make the Blessed Virgin your companion as you approach the Holy Mysteries.

May the Lord give you peace.

April 07, 2007 10:08 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Terry: To me, you are a holy man.

God Bless You.

April 07, 2007 10:16 AM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...


You are suffering with Jesus; offer up these tempations, and don't be surprised by them. Because of the Sacrament you will recieve, the evil one is raising his minions, because even if he can't prevent you, he will do his best to make you miserable.

So grab a crucifix, hold it tightly, and spend time considering the great blessing God is giving you; of allowing this attack. You will find true joy there if you only keep your gaze fixed upon Jesus.

By the way, I need to take this advice, too...I'm getting hit pretty hard with temptations, too.

Excuse me while I go get my crucifix.

April 07, 2007 10:33 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Thanks, Adoro. I have yet to do my DM Novena and Chaplet for today so I'll be off to do that shortly.

April 07, 2007 10:36 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

I'm praying for you, too, Cathy.

But beware of scrupulosity.

Trust in Jesus and the Sacrament of Confession.

And too, beware of Satan and all his pomps that are designed to deceive you.

April 07, 2007 12:33 PM  
Blogger Julie D. said...

Praying for you too ...

April 07, 2007 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Steve D. said...

Praying for you...remember the war has already been won, but we must fight our individual battles.

April 07, 2007 4:41 PM  
Blogger elena maria vidal said...

Dear Cathy, you are in my prayers. Trusting in God is everything. If someone makes a good confession, trying to remember as many sins as they can, then they have nothing to worry about. It is good not to keep going over the past and over what you said or didn't say in confession. Give it all to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If the devil can't make you bad, he will try to make you sad. Don't let him steal your Easter joy, my dear.

April 07, 2007 9:30 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I'm glad (reading your other posts) that you made it joyful to the Easter Vigil.

One important point: In the Sacrament of Penance, we receive the forgiveness of ALL sins we have committed. This includes forgotten sins, even grave ones, provided that we honestly and carefully examined our conscience before hand and did not purposely refrain from confessing them.

In the case of remembering a forgotten sin, it is an old trick of the accuser. It has been removed by Christ by His grace. The counsel I have received is to 1) Not listen to the temptation, and 2) Next time you go to confession, simply tell the priest that there is something that you forgot in the past and would like to mention so that it doesn't wrongly bother your conscience in the future.

April 08, 2007 8:55 AM  

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