“Jesus permits the spiritual combat as a purification, not as a punishment. The trial is not unto death but unto salvation.”
St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
I went to see my Spiritual Director today. I made my confession. For those sins I was shown. My Director told me to read Ephesians 6 for my penance and to do what Ephesians 6 tells me;
Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones. Ephesians 6:10-18
I physically pictured myself armored for God. Into my head popped these things; frequent confession, reception of the Eucharist, Scripture reading, adoration, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Saint Michael prayer, a St. Benedict Cross, and a Brown Scapular and my Guardian Angel. Our armor rests in the Lord and He has given us the Bible, Prayer, Sacraments, sacramentals, Angels and Saints and each other. I am sure there are things I haven’t named. Which will be your armor today? It helps us to totally abandon ourselves to the Lord. I leave you with a song fitting for these times and for Trust in the Lord; Just be Held, by Casting Crowns.