The agony of prayer … Friday, May 3

English: Agony in the Garden

The Agony in the Garden. There’s room for agonizing prayer in our lives also.

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. “And His sweat became as drops of blood running down upon the ground.” Luke 22:44. Sometimes prayer can be an unpleasant chore. Its one thing to pray for a new Cadillac, it’s quite another to pray for a loved one that’s gone astray or worse. And this is exactly what Jesus was doing in the garden. He prayed for us. Oh, He prayed that the cup might pass that’s true. But more than that He prayed for God’s will, and not His own, to be done. And God’s will is very simple. He wants us with Him. But for that to happen we need redemption, or to be bought back. Bought back from the things that keep us from God. The world, the flesh, and the devil. The price of our redemption was and is Calvary. The giving of His body and blood to purchase us for God. He prayed more than anything that this might happen for love of you and me. He prayed in agony. When we pray what is it that we agonize about? A new Cadillac, or the salvation of our own souls and the souls of others? You know, if you really need transportation there’s nothing wrong with praying about a nice ride. If we’re going to pray for a ride we may as well ask for a nice one. But priorities are, well, a priority. Lets not forget to pray first for the car salesperson and the auto factory worker, along with the rest of a humanity lost in its own agony of sin.

Today …

St. Agape

St. Agape

St. Agape

Agape and her sisters Chionia and Irene, Christians of Thessalonica, Macedonia, were convicted of possessing texts of the Scriptures despite a decree issued in 303 by Emperor Diocletian naming such possessions a crime punishable by death. When they further refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, the governor, Dulcitius, had Agape and Chionia burned alive. When Irene still refused to recant, Dulcitius ordered her sent to a house of prostitution. There she was unmolested after being exposed naked and chained, so she was put to death either by burning or by an arrow through her throat. It amazes me when I hear people say things like, “I’m glad it’s not like that today.” Just a few years ago you had to smuggle Bibles into Russia for people to be able to own one. Less than 200 years ago it was illegal to own a Rosary in British controlled Ireland. And today we’re faced with forced funding of abortion. There’s still plenty to agonize about in prayer and the satanically controlled world hasn’t really changed that much. It’s just that now our lack of freedom and the resultant persecutions are given a pleasant “spin” while parading under the banners of acceptance, liberalism, and being politically correct.

Quote …

“The dictatorship of relativism is confronting the world.  It does not recognize anything as absolute and leaves as the ultimate measure only the measure of each one and his desires. ‘Adult’ is not a faith that follows the waves in fashion and the latest novelty. Adult and mature is a faith that gives us the measure to discern between what is true and what is false, between deceit and truth.” Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Excerpts from his homily at the Conclave that elected him Pope.

And … “Freedom is a myth.” Patrick McGoohan, staunch Catholic.