I haven’t been able to write in many, many months. I feel lost and abandoned. Recent church news doesn’t inspire me. However, my faith is not in Francis nor in his cardinals. My faith is in Jesus Christ.
Today is a first Saturday. In June, I decided to take up this devotional practice once again. About 20 years ago, I used to go to a Marian shrine on first Saturdays and I would say the Glorious Mysteries and contemplate the seven sorrows. Last month I went to a local shrine and said the Glorious Mysteries. I had forgotten about the seven sorrows all together. Today at another shrine, I was leaving when all of a sudden it dawned on me that I had not contemplated the seven sorrows. And, a little voice in my brain said – you can write about them tonight. I guess this was my nudge to try again.
And so here are the seven sorrows, a Hail Mary is said after each. There are more sophisticated meditations and practices. I am just contemplating and praying.
- The prophecy of Simeon.
- The flight into Egypt.
- The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple.
- The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross
- The Crucifixion.
- The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
- The burial of Jesus.
Mary, Most Holy, pray for us.
I don’t know if the “little voice” was an inspiration or my own invention. I haven’t thought of writing because my negativity probably does damage. However, I took “the little voice” as inspiration. I will hopefully write again soon. Maybe, I have found solid ground again. My faith is in the Trinity: Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!