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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Mighty Burst of Light

What was it that Alice said, there in Wonderland? "The more things change, the more they stay the same." I grow weary. Great news for the Poor Souls in Purgatory.

As per yesterday's post:

Thanks sister,
I was kind of hoping more for a saint to pray for the end of discord or that we somehow manage to sell and find another house without problems. I'd much rather love these people from afar instead of ending up on anti-depressants. I am praying for the graces to put up with this while I have to (and for a bit of peace)...

I really do think that St. Maximillian Kolbe is a great saint to ask for intercession for the graces to put up with a bad situation. His situation was way, way worse than your situation, so I think he can cover your bad situation. Think he didn't want an end to the discord with which he was dealing? I'm betting he really, really did.

If you're looking to sell your house with ease, St. Joseph is your man. You know the drill? You get a little statue of St. Joseph and you bury him in the front yard facing the house. After the house sells--and it will--you dig him up again and take him to the new house and put him in a place of honor. Done and done.

But I can't leave you without a gentle reminder. There was no addendum to what Jesus asked of us. I can't recall him saying, "Love your neighbor" and then with a sly wink, adding, "from afar."



Either you want the grace or you don't. If you do, you're going to have to meet Jesus on the path and walk with Him and not just sit in your house wondering why things stink. You're going to have to work at it. "Love your enemies."

Who said it was going to be easy? Ask Max how easy it was.

with Love,
Sister Mary Martha

6 comments:

mph said...

Thanks Sister, I know that things could be a lot worse. If it's alright, I'll be asking for the graces to put up with it in a Christianly manner while I have to but at the same time trying to move house as soon as possible. Hopefully we'll all make it to heaven but I would hope we'd have grown spiritually by then and would be living in peace, not trying to make life hell for others. I will be asking St. Joseph for prayers about a smooth house sale but I can't bring myself to bury his statue - seems a tad disrespectful. Thanks for suggesting St. Max, I did need to get things into perspective.

Sister Mary Martha said...

You're entirely welcome! Our prayers are with you!

Anonymous said...

Praying for St. Joseph's intercession for the sale of a house works fine. You don't need to bury the statue - that's the superstitious part that someone (however well-intentioned) added all on their own. The Catholic Church does not promote the burial of a statue, not even in private devotion. The only time the Church advocates the burial of something (other than a body) is when a blessed object needs to be discarded. Such items might be a broken statue, rosary, or worn out scapular. Out of respect, the object is not thrown out with the trash. It is either buried or burned.
SMM (Not Sister Mary Martha - just someone with the same initials)

Peony Moss said...

I've heard good things about the use of Blessed Salt sprinkled on your side of the property line.

Emmarinda said...

I do not know the situation, but sometimes removing yourself to a different place is the most peaceful, loving thing you can do.
Regarding blessed salt - that is something I am not familiar with and will look into. I guess it would be the salt that the priest sprinkles into the water in the process of it becoming holy?

JP said...

Emmarinda

The salt that Father uses for Holy Water (if he uses it at all) would be great, but he can bless salt for you to take home. The blessing is online somewhere

And I will vouch for the use of blessed salt. Powerful reminder to Satan to mind his business.

The St. Michael Prayer, as someone mentioned, is also good.

If you have a fence, you can nail a St. Benedict medal to it, or bury the medal along the property line.