Lourdes Part II: Called

God calls each of us in different ways.

He may speak words that we hear in our minds or words that we hear through another person.

He may place a deep feeling within our heart or allow us to receive a revelation through Scripture or prayer.

We may experience His call in a dramatic or sudden way. More often, the encounter is gentle or gradual.

A call from God is both personal and specific. Each person’s experience is unique, and it can be hard to explain or put into words.

In this post, I’d like to share more about my call to Lourdes.

“Would you do me the kindness of coming here for fifteen days?” ~ Blessed Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous, February 18, 1858

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Lourdes Part I: Our Prayer Intentions

I arrived in Lourdes, France on July 31st and left on August 6th.

(I learned that Lourdes is pronounced “Lourd” in French.)

It was a special experience that I’m grateful for. It still seems surreal that God permitted us to go!

Lourdes is a beautiful place, and I hope to return someday.

I’ve been reflecting on my time there, and I’m sure I’ll continue this process for a while…

Since so much occurred during the pilgrimage — and so much is continuing to unfold — I plan to write about it in pieces.

In this post, I’ll share how my friend and I presented our prayer intentions (both your intentions and mine).

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Waiting…

“All will be right with time and a little patience.” ~ St. Mary MacKillop

I wrote a post about waiting last year. At that time, I was in a personal situation that required patience.

Well, I’m still in a period of waiting and being asked to practice patience at this very moment!

So, I’d like to share this post with you again. If you read the original post, I recommended re-reading it here.

Waiting is a reality each of us can relate to, and there is often a lesson waiting for us…

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Sacramentals

Throughout the centuries, the testimony of many Christians, including a number of saints, confirms that objects blessed by a priest, through the power of the Church’s intercession, can repel demonic powers. Again and again, evil spirits have recoiled in dread, not just from the Sign of the Cross, but also from holy water and blessed oil, crosses, crucifixes, medals, candles, or salt (Manual for Spiritual Warfare, 55).

In a previous post, Spiritual Warfare, I mentioned that sacramentals provide protection from the devil.

Someone close to me suggested that I write a post on these valuable weapons.

In honor of Saint Benedict of Nursia, a champion in spiritual warfare whose feast we celebrate today, here’s a post dedicated to sacramentals.

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