Saturday, October 22, 2011

Simple Stones

The Philistine army had gathered for war against Israel. For forty days they taunted King Saul and his army. They were all terrified. But the faith and courage of one young boy changed what could have been a dreadful outcome.

David, son of Jesse, you slew Goliath with nothing but a sling shot and a bag of stones. As the 9 foot Philistine approached you, jeering at you and ridiculing you with his enormous size and mighty strength, you feared not! You, a simple shepherd boy, filled with trust and faithfulness to the God of Israel, took a stone from your side pouch, loaded your sling shot, aimed and launched the stone that ended his life and destroyed your enemy.

Our Lady has given us weapon to use against the attacks of the wicked enemy, Satan. These weapons are like the stones used by David to slay Goliath. They are prayer (daily Rosary), fasting, the Bible, monthly confession, and Holy Communion.

Since 1214, when the Church first received the Rosary from St. Dominic, given to him by Our Blessed Mother, the Rosary has been a powerful weapon for the conversion of sinners and a form of protection against the enemy.

To recite the Rosary is to be with Jesus and Mary, meditating on the mysteries of their lives. When we are daily linked with them by such meetings, then the joy of victory over death and sin is guaranteed to us with them. The gifts of the Spirit and the final triumph in heaven are assured us. 1

Sometimes, it is easy to say the Rosary in a hasty manner, rushing to finish it and off to start something else. But, we should try to say the Rosary like we were talking to a friend, enjoying the time we spend together, nurturing the moment and the relationship.

“Dear children! Today I invite you in a particular way to enter the battle against Satan by means of prayer. Satan wants to battle more, now that you are aware of his activity. Dear children, put on therefore, your armor against Satan, and with the Rosary in your hands, you will defeat him. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (August 8, 1985)

1  Pray with the Heart! Medjugorje Manual of Prayer, F. Slavko Barbaric, O.F.M.

6 comments:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

This is a wonderful post and a great reflection. Thank you Daily Grace.

I really don't mean to be disrespectful in any way; but oh ... I feel so tempted to say what I'm going to say next, so please forgive me for being impetious ... I just can't help it:

An archaeologist was digging in the Negev Desert in Israel and came upon a casket containing a mummy. After opening it carefully he phoned the curator of a prestigious natural history museum. "We've just discovered a 3,000 year old mummy of a man who died of heart failure!"

The curator sends a team to collect the mummy for thorough examination. A week later, the amazed curator called the archaeologist. "You were right about the mummy's age and cause of death. How in the world did you know it was heart failure?"

"Simple ... there was a piece of paper in his hand that said - 'put me down for 10,000 Shekels on Goliath'."

God bless.

Daily Grace said...

You are always the character Victor!

Colleen said...

Beautiful post. Thanks

Ed Sousa, Sr. said...

Thank You Daily Grace, I love coming to your blogsite.

As he imposed communism on Eastern Europe, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin talked about forcing atheism on people who were willing to die for their religion. He said, "How many divisions does the Pope have?"
Pope John Paul the David of our times had God. Our Lord was his sling shot.

Daily Grace said...

Thank you Colleen.

I like thinking that the Lord is my sling shot Ed. Thank you.

Angelina Bong said...

I love this post. Thanks for reminding us that through God, all things are possible. Amen