For those of you who have completed your 90 day Exodus journey (or any spiritual journey for that matter) , I have 1 question for you: have you reached the Promised Land? Think about it for a minute though before you answer. If I’ve learned anything from Exodus it’s this. Every one of us has demons, and we will be battling them for the rest of our lives. A demon is nothing more than attachment to sin. What’s your demon and when are you going to journey back into the desert to fight it? There’s a good chance you don’t know, and that’s ok. What’s important is that you accept the reality that you are still a sinner in need of repentance and, just like any prize fighter, you rest and begin again with training, preparations for the next fight, and the weaponry you need.
Jesus’ entire public ministry was fueled by prayer. In fact there are more than 25 references to Jesus praying in the gospels, and all of these occasions of prayer preceded some epic event in the life of Christ. He spent 30 years praying before he battled Satan in the desert for 40 days. He went to the mountains and prayed all night before returning the next day to call upon his 12 apostles, and again He spent an entire night in the garden praying before His agony on the Cross. So why should this be any different for us? It’s not. If you want to be a saint (and you better want that because the only other option is hell), then you must pray everyday. Pray that you can have the strength to fight another day, pray that your family may be protected from the evils of this world, pray for God’s mercy, and pray for holiness.
Most importantly, PRAY THE ROSARY.
There is not a single well known saint in the last 800 years who did not have a strong devotion to our Blessed Mother and the Rosary. If you don’t believe me, pick up a copy of Father Calloway’s book, Champions of the Rosary. Read it. I promise you there is no better book you can read this year than Champions of the Rosary. As Father Calloway articulates so well that the rosary is the spiritual weapon given to men (starting with St. Dominic) to fight. In every one of Mary’s many apparitions in the 20th century, she implored us to pray the Rosary. If WE are not praying the rosary every day, WE are going to lose the fight. It’s that simple. Unless, of course, you think you are stronger than Saint Pio of Pietrelcina or Saint John Paul the Great or [insert super awesome saint here].
So pick a date for your next desert battle, pick up your spiritual sword, the rosary, and start practicing today, and when you reach the desert be ready to punch the devil in the face.
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