The Helmet of Salvation

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Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17

 

When I was on retreat at Bethany House a week ago, we decided to do the Stations of the Cross, which are outdoors along a pathway through the woods.  I was assigned the task of carrying the crucifix.  Because of the placement of the stations I ended up holding the crucifix in front of me at about chest level.  I got a bird’s eye view of the top of Jesus’ head.  And I remembered reading an article about how the crown of thorns actually covered the whole of his head and wasn’t just a circular band around his head.  And God whispered, “the helmet of Salvation.”

A bit taken aback, I pondered what this meant.  And God said, “your minds are under assault by the enemy.  But I crush the serpent, I want you too as well.”  

I thought about all the false ideology that is shot at us like poison arrows.  Confusion about when life begins.  Confusion about marriage.  Confusion about gender.  Confusion about love.  Confusion about our own identity.  Confusion in the church.  He took it all on.  Each of those thorns in his scalp a representation of false ideology that he was overcoming.  He took it all on so we would know truth.  We must live in the spirit of truth.

The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for,“Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:15-16

Today, my heart felt heavy, as if the winds of the world are about to become fierce.  But even in the midst of this I felt consoled.  God tells me all is a movement towards His Divine Will.  He is urgent about aligning my own personal human will with his will.

 “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:21

The fighting, hatred, fear and detraction have become our way of living, and it is a false way of living.  And so He tells me “Be not afraid, put on the armor of God.”

I woke up in the night with a book on my heart.  The book is called Praying as a family.  All I know is God is urgent that we pray and pray together with others as well.

We need to ask for the intercession of Mary and Joseph to help us align our will to Christ’s as they did.  God is making everything transparent.  And on this the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes the Immaculate Conception will be our guide to the will of her Son whatever happens around us.

About veilofveronica

I am a mother and wife as well as an RCIA and Adult Faith Formation catechist at a parish in the south. I have 3 children and a great husband.
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7 Responses to The Helmet of Salvation

  1. tpeter says:

    Are you familiar with the Gift of the Divine Will & Luisa Picarretta? That came to mind when I read “the divine will”. Blessings!!

  2. colleendrose says:

    I am new to your site, but have read some of your blogs over time and have found them penetrating. You mentioned that you are a spiritual director; have you ever given direction long distance? I am seeking a spiritual director at this time. Thanks for your response.

  3. Lucy says:

    Jesus and His Family.

    Mark 3, 31 His mother and his brothers arrived.
    Standing outside they sent word to him and called him.32A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers* [and your sisters] are outside asking for you.”33But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and [my] brothers?”
    34And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers….

    35[For] whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

    Isn’t the Unity of the Holy Spirit awesome ? Divine Family = Divine Will

  4. Kat says:

    I just recently discovered your blog and wanted to say thank you for your courage to share with us what God is sharing with you. I ordered the book you mentioned in this post. Thanks for that recommendation. It looks really good! God bless you!

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