The Devil Went Down to Daytona
I know in some Catholic churches it's their practice to drain the Holy Water fonts during Lent. If you are like me, you load for bear before Ash Wednesday (translation: fill your Holy Water bottles) just in case you are unfortunate enough to encounter a drained font during your travels.
I had the misfortune once to enter a Catholic church that carried the meaning "go into the desert" WAY to far. They put cacti in the empty Holy Water font. Yep. There I went dipping my hand right into a thorny cactus! Unless you attend a snakecharmer church in the Applachians, I fail to realize how yelling "OW!" is an expression of evangelistic fervor.
I can take or leave covering the statues during Holy Week. I know the intent is to remove our focus from them to the Central Mystery of Our Faith about to unfold. I also know that the statues are just statues. Despite what our haters say, Catholics do NOT pray to statues. It's like having a photo of a loved one on your desk at work. It's an image that you can look at with a smile, but you know it's not REALLY them.
But, my sacramentals like Holy Water? You're kidding, right? Is the Devil on vacation for 40 days? You may think you are safe as long as you are not on Spring Break but you are wrong. The Devil is everywhere.
If Satan could tempt no less than Jesus during His 40 days in the desert what will Satan try to do with us? All I know is: I'm not Jesus so I'm worried. Give me the weapons I need. Keep those fonts filled. Teach the people why they are there.
Now, I know some parishes teach that we don't need Holy Water fonts because that's so medieval and not Vatican II etc. etc. and thus if they even still have the fonts they are always empty-whether it's Lent or not. If anyone can show me any official Vatican document that says something along the lines of "Take holy water fonts out of your parishes because we don't believe in them anymore" I'll concede the point.
Save yourself some time because you will not find one. Holy water is as necessary today as it was since it poured out of the side of Christ with His Blood.
If you believe, if you BELIEVE that water can be blessed. If you believe that an object can be blessed. If you believe that YOU can be blessed than you have Faith.
I'm a simpleton. I'm naive enough to believe that water can be blessed by a priest. I'm cowardly enough to believe the Holy Water sprinkled on my bed before I lie down to sleep can protect me from Satan. Not only that, it can protect me from myself. How many times, has the presence of Holy Water on my person stoppped me from committing serious sin? Who would want to sin with a blessing upon them? Yuck.
Maybe that's why so many Holy Images are gone from our schools and our homes. It's easier to sin and teach error without them staring at you. I know, believe me, I know.
Friends: Got Holy Water? Use it.