Dig a foxhole or fill one in? The choice is ours … Friday, March 1

Andrea Mantegna's Agony in the Garden, circa 1...

Andrea Mantegna’s Agony in the Garden, circa 1460, depicts Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. “And falling into an agony He prayed the more earnestly.” Luke 22:43. Have you ever noticed how when the chips are down so are we? Down on our knees that is. There are no atheists in foxholes. Jesus certainly wasn’t an atheist as I’m very sure He believed in Himself. And He knew what was coming. And because He saw it clearly and because the sight of it all caused Him agony He prayed. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it, probably because I need to be reminded of it, but it really is OK to be human. We tend to think more of ourselves than we ought. When we do this we place ourselves above God. We think we can do what we truly need Him to do. We think we have more power, more control, than we do. In our self-confidence, and there is nothing wrong with a well-balanced self-confidence, we often place too much emphasis on what we can do for ourselves without turning to God for His help first. We try, we fail, we agonize, and THEN we pray. Even when a person despairs  and thinks less of themselves and their own abilities than they should they’ve really taken from God power that belongs only to Him. No one but God has the ability or right to tell us we’re helpless or hopeless. And as long as He’s around we’re not. So we get ourselves into foxholes even when there’s no real war going on. Human nature. But Jesus saw what was coming and He prayed. He knew He needed His Father’s help. He asked for it FIRST, not later. WE get the proper sequence of events backwards. Rather than be farsighted and know we’re going to need help and pray accordingly we get shortsighted, start digging our own way out (“I’ll ask God for help if I can’t handle it myself.”) and end up falling into the ditch we dug, the blind self leading the blind self. And we create our own foxhole. Lets start, and I’m talking to myself here believe me, praying before we get to the problem, like Jesus did, rather than wait until the problem is upon us. That just compounds the thing, makes the issue worse. Praying after the fact digs a foxhole to stumble into. Praying prior to the fact may just give God the opportunity to fill it in before we ever walk into it.

Today … St. Leo Luke was abbot of a Basilian monastery of Corleone, Sicily. He spent eight decades as a monk. Oh, my! 80 years a monk?! How much prayer? How many foxholes? Ones he dug (he was human) and ones he let God fill in (he was a saint).

A Prayerful Quote … “Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” ~ Satchel Paige ~

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4 Comments

  1. Nice one 🙂

    • Thank you. 🙂

  2. There are so many wonderful points on this post I do not even know where to start. You really out did yourself on this one. (Not that all of your post are not good:>) So I am just going to pick one, or I will end up writing a book.

    “Praying after the fact digs a foxhole to stumble into.” It is so important that we begin our day with prayer, to ask God to “fill in our foxholes” awaiting us around the next corner, that we are so unaware of. Prayer is our “answer” to everything with God. Without it there is no “communication” at all. If we just begin our day with it, what a difference it makes on how the day ends! Good one! God Bless, SR

    • Thank you. Morning prayer, evening prayer. Can’t live, at least not well, without them. 🙂


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