For some of you who have been reading my blog off and on for months, you may have noticed a shift in focus in my writing. Yes, my writing is sporadic. I am a wife, mother, Lay Dominican, and now, a full-time graduate student in Theology. So my time is limited. The shift you will notice is a changing in my own understanding and deepening of what it means to be a member of the Mystical Body of Christ. It is to suffer with the other Members.
The world will change drastically over the next few decades. Demographically, the rise of Islam and secular humanism will be great. The world has always been Fallen, but we are here to serve now. I am no longer in a position to rush to the aid of those in need. Instead, my vocation is teaching me that I must pray, fast, give alms, and raise awareness of different issues. We can no longer go about woefully ignorant. In our decadence we have forgotten that we are engaging in very serious, and very real, spiritual warfare. There may come a day, on THIS side of eternity, where you and I will have to give testament to what we believe.
This is not meant to be gloomy. Rather, it is a reminder of the things that truly matter, namely our Faith in Christ and His Church. We must prepare and grow in holiness. We must remain vigilant because the Enemy is on the move. Yes, I post a lot about Help Nasara right now and that is because over a hundred thousand Christians are being openly and violently persecuted in Iraq and Syria alone. That does not include the countless other countries being impacted. We are not impotent. God hears our prayers and cries for justice. Trust in God and that he will answer our prayers. Fast for others, but also to prepare and discipline our own bodies. Give alms to help others. This is how we will defeat this enemy. God bless you and thanks for reading my blog.
Remember this prayer daily. My dad sent it to me when I was a 9-11 relief worker. It brings great courage and hope.
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. Amen..