The Anchoress; it resonated with me.
If you are anxious and despairing and worried, here is my advice: get a crucifix.
Not a cross, a crucifix. Get a small one you can keep in your pocket; and another you can keep discreetly at your desk; get one for your home.
Keep the crucifix before your eyes, and it will teach you everything. It will train you to the longview.
earthly goings-on that make us anxious and full of despair are a
manifestation of the wholly spiritual war that proceeds apace —
continually,though unseen – all around us. When we buy into it and lose
hope we are opening ourselves up to a spiritual oppression meant to cast
us into the darkness and away from the light. Because the main battle
is supernatural, we recognize it in our spirit; we feel it in our
spirit, and then, when the pain is too great, we either try to numb
ourselves to it, or allow the spirit to collapse, completely.
to arm the spirit. Feed it through Eucharistic Adoration and Holy
Commuion; strengthen it with the sacramental grace of confession, so
that regardless of what happens, despair never enters into the equation,
never enters into you — because you understand that God’s hand is still
a part of things; we are not abandoned; so much of what is spinning
past is illusion and if the rest is real, it is nothing to be afraid of.
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