I would like to thank God for all of you, my Catholic Critters Spark friends! His leading me to SP was a great gift in itself, but the finding of this team is an even greater gift! In the short time that you have welcomed me into your community, I have been so blessed that I cannot even begin to tell you all about it...
Saying a Rosary was nothing new to me. When I was away from the Church, I still carried and prayed my Rosary daily(even in a Baptist church! They thought I was crazy...) . I have said Novenas to the Little Flower, St. Anthony. But in my 56 years on earth I had NEVER heard of a 54 day Novena...until now.
God's timing is not ours, and I certainly have realized this over the past four months. I will not speculate on where I would be without my Sparking right now. My life has taken a turn, and there is a "new normal". It is ok.
Saying my Novena prayers each day has brought me to a whole new place in my soul. A quiet, still place that is aligning me with God's will in my life. I am hearing His voice so much clearer. I am able to listen and wait much better than ever before. There is a new sense of focus unlike any I have ever experienced. I can live my Faith... I can occasionally use words to share the Gospel. I am practising the presence of God, as Fr. Lawrence calls it.
The journey is just beginning for me. The devil is not pleased. I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, and enveloped in my Mothers mantle. Whatever the outer circumstances that swirl about me, I am at peace. My Rosary is my weapon, and I know Who wins the war. So I wll continue my Novena, and make it a part of my spiritual life until the HS shows me a new path.
Our Lady must be very pleased with the roses we offer to her... she can use them to draw souls to her Son's mercy.
May the Divine Assistance be always with us!
Again, I give praise to God for all of you!
Step into the unknown with confidence! Trust that in the darkness of that first step there will either be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly!
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