After my whiny post the other day, I got some great feedback from my 2 friends, Barbara and Barb (LOL), who said that I'm "just" experiencing spiritual warfare. I think I knew that, but since it was in a slightly different form than I'm used to, I didn't recognize it. The evil one certainly knows how to exploit our weaknesses! Reading Barbara's post that she reminded me of was very helpful.
Somehow, just knowing what's going on diminishes Satan's power and enables me to keep going.
Yesterday morning as I was walking the dog and listening to a podcast, I had a half-formed thought that it would be nice if the Total Consecration prayers and readings were in an audio format. I immediately dismissed it as unlikely. God is so good, though! Later that day, one of my dearest friends called (she's such a treasure!), and during our conversation she told me that the Rosary Army had done the Total Consecration prayers in podcast format! Greg and Jennifer Willits are delightful to listen to; they do a great job with the readings, and the litanies go faster with their team praying together. I wish I had found this earlier, but I guess it came when I really needed it! Anyhoo, I'll get through the next couple of days, and I've downloaded them all for renewing the Consecration again next year.
Yesterday was a good day. Maybe I needed to get that whining off my chest, but maybe I just got a few graces I sorely needed. Had a nice talk with my friend. My AHG meeting went well, and I think we have all the leaders we need for the coming year!!!! That's a huge burden lifted! Some special and important people are transferring to a new troop, which is a huge loss, but I am excited about the leadership team we're putting together. Maybe I can manage to hang in there another year!
I took a little break from reality last night and took the youngest 3 to see the midnight showing of The Hunger Games. We arrived at 11 p.m. which was a little late, I guess. By the time we got into the theater, it was packed. Meg and Pip sat in the last row in the far corner while Tom and I braved the front row. I don't know if it was this particular movie, but I couldn't handle it. I was nauseated within 5 minutes! I think it was a combination of the camera work and the action and being so close. I don't like movies filmed that way, anyway, but to be so close was a misery! (I know, I'm lame.) After a little while, I moved back 6 feet to the last seat I saw: a handicapped seat. It was just enough distance to make it bearable, but I was sick through the whole movie! I'd like to try it again sitting in the back where I might catch all the stuff I missed! I had to close my eyes alot when the camera was panning quickly across the action.
In spite of my lamity, I enjoyed the movie (as much as you can enjoy a movie about a fight to the death between 24 teenagers). I read the book a couple of years ago, so I didn't catch all the stuff they changed or left out, but I thought it was an excellent retelling of the story. It did, however, leave out a lot of the effects of the oppression of the people by the government which I thought would be interesting in light of today's political situation.
Have you seen it or read it?
I know you're probably wondering how on earth I could take my 10 year old daughter to that movie. (See 5 & 6 about being lame.) After buying the tickets weeks ago, I had lots of buyer's remorse and second thoughts. And then she ended up sitting in the back with Pip and not me, but he had thoroughly devoured the book, again, recently, and made her close her eyes all the time. Evidently, she was so diligent about closing them that she missed long stretches unnecessarily. lol.
So, so, so ready for the weekend! Maybe I'll get the rest of this clutter cleared out and we can start afresh on Monday: clean house, clean soul, and newly re-consecrated. (Sounds to me like a recipe for a challenging Monday!)
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