By Melisa Carroll
A couple of weeks ago, I had a night when I felt really anxious all of the sudden and for (what I supposed) was no reason at all. I felt a bit frustrated by this and was talking to my husband, Patrick, the next morning about it. As an external processor, I was listing off all the reasons why I had possibly felt anxious and asking for Patrick’s thoughts. He turned to me and said, “You know why. Think about it for a second. This has happened before. You know why.” I, of course, got frustrated because I obviously wouldn’t have been asking him if I knew why. “Please help me out,” I said, “I can’t figure it out.” “It’s spiritual attack, Melisa.” I sat there, dumbfounded, for a second. He was right. I had been able to fall back asleep when I started praying and hadn’t felt anxious since. As the week went on, I became aware of the reasons for that attack, which just further solidified Patrick’s assertion. Why did it take me so long to figure it out? Why was it so hard for me to see what was so obvious to my husband? The evil one loves it when we forget that we live in a spiritual (as well as physical) world. When he can blind us to the truth of the spiritual battles going on for our souls, it’s much easier for us to turn to despair, anger, or fear. Lent is a time to refocus ourselves. It’s a time to dive deeper in our faith. It’s a time to grow. There’s a certain someone who doesn’t want us to do those things, so let’s start this Holy Season by being aware of the ways he is trying to draw us away from Jesus’s heart. Then, turn to God in everything this Lent. Involve God in every moment and seek constantly His grace and council- that way there’s no room for satan to get a word in edgewise.
P.S. Don’t forget to ask St. Michael for his help in fighting battles!