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Having A Bad Day?

Did you ever have one of those days where you just don’t feel God’s presence? If you’re like me, it happens from time to time and it’s not fun. I am having one of those days today and it could be caused by tiredness, Satan trying to put doubts into my head, God trying to “stretch me” a bit, or any number of reasons. Since our faith shouldn’t be ruled by how we feel, we need to keep going when we have “one of those days”. Following that course of action, I took a walk outside and prayed my usual daily rosary (The Luminous Mysteries) even though I didn’t feel like it.

Here are some thoughts I received while praying:

The Baptism of Jesus – Jesus displayed great humility by allowing Himself to be baptized. Lord, thank you for allowing me to fail or make mistakes sometimes. It allows me to increase my humility and become more like you. It helps me to remember that I can do nothing without You.

The Miracle at Cana – Mary noticed that the wine was gone and went to Jesus to seek help. Mary, thank you for noticing that I’m having a bad day and asking your Son to help me out. I know that He’ll never abandon me.

The Proclamation of the Kingdom – Jesus calls us to repent and follow Him. Jesus, thank you for the gift of bad days so that I will never think that I can survive without You. Help me to cast aside my negativity and fear and continue to follow You each day.

The Transfiguration – Jesus appears to Peter, James and John in all of His heavenly glory. Lord, help me to look past the problems of this life and contemplate the joy that awaits me if I follow your commands. May I never lose sight of the promise of eternal life in Heaven with You!

The Institution of the Eucharist – At the Last Supper, Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Jesus, thank you for the unbelievable gift of Yourself. Help me to remember that your Divine Presence can overcome any problem that I could possibly have.

As I finished the rosary, I became aware of the beads in my hand and felt that I was holding Our Blessed Mother’s hand and being led closer to Jesus. Then I felt a breeze and was reminded of the Holy Spirit who dwells within me. I recalled that I received Our Lord in Holy Communion this morning and remembered His words, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn 14:9). Not only did I see Jesus this morning, but I saw the Father…Wow!

As I finished my walk, I felt the peace of God’s presence. I’m really glad that I made the effort to pray today…Even though I didn’t feel like it!

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