Monday, April 4, 2016

PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD

Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the tactics of the devil.                                                                                                                   --Ephesians 6:11

The seventh way to divorce-proof your marriage is to pray for each other.  Our marriages have eternal dimensions and have an effect on friends and neighbors as well as our children and several generations afterwards.  We are not just fighting against a culture that devalues a lifetime commitment between husband and wife: 
For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.  So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.  In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.                       --Ephesians 6:12-17
Before we were engaged, I wrote a prayer that I said every day that the man who became my fiance and then husband would convert to the Catholic faith.  I also began to say the Rosary daily to surround him with the love of the mother of the Redeemer. I don't think there was ever a day that I didn't pray for him through all our married life.  As he was dying, he told me never to forget to pray for him once he died, and I honor that request.  I am convinced that many of the blessings bestowed on our marriage flowed from the prayers we raised up for each other, our children, and grandchildren.

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