Thursday, January 12, 2012

five smooth stones

Armed with only his little bag of five smooth stones, young David went into battle against the powerful warrior Goliath.  David took one of his stones, hurled it with a sling, and struck Goliath.  The stone hit the giant and Goliath fell on the ground.  Thus was seen the truth of David's words declaring that "it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves.  For the battle is the Lord's..."

We may feel spiritually "young," we may feel powerless, we may feel anything but able to combat forces coming against ourselves, the world, and those we love.  The truth, however, is that we have been given the weapon - the "stone" - of prayer.  Even a simple aspiration, prayed from the heart and in effect hurled against the giants, has much more power than we can imagine.

We each have our little pouch of stones.  Simple aspirations, the Mass, prayer with Scripture, the Liturgy of the Hours, songs of praise, the rosary, adoration, chaplets, fasting and sacrifice; yes, each of us has our own little bag of stones...

I pray that God will gather together our prayers, blending their fragrance as incense before Him.  There are so many stones in our pouches, possibly more than we realize.  I will be praying for each one of us, that we uncover and practice using our "stones..."