August 9, 2017: They Will Not Desert Him

~by Louis Templeman

Note: One recent morning I found myself very depressed and pummeled with unmanageable thoughts. I was desperate. Any attempt to pray was about as holy and powerful as a kid kicking sand on a dirt road. My words flew no higher than the dust on the road. I decided to experiment. I laid my head back on my chair. I emptied my mind like dirty water from a bucket. The darkness would soon come roaring back in if nothing happened to help me. I simply thought of Mary. She must have paid attention. This little daydream/meditation treaded softly through my brain. It gave beautiful relief.

Therese, Solanus, Pio and my angel, Myron, surround me. Therese in front; Pio and Solanus to each side with Myron having my back. Mary leads the five of us before God in his throne of Judgement. Mary presents us to God and speaks, “These are the saints in whom you delight. In the midst of them is a sinner in whom they delight. They will not let go of him. If you must condemn him then your condemnation must also fall on them, for they will not desert him.”

“I intercede for him. I plead for mercy not because he is good or because he is strong but because he is wicked and weak. He cannot withstand evil. It sickens him but he is helpless before it. He cannot do what he wants to do. I pray for him. As does Therese, Pio, Solanus and Myron. Give him a name, known by no other, that he may hear and come to you call. I will not fail to pray for him. His friends will never leave him. Have mercy.”

And God did have mercy. He always does.

In the Land of Exile, I praise him. Tobit 13:7


Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D. Louis has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is fighting the good fight. Much of what he writes these days he is sharing his journey with us. Please keep Louis and his wife Joy in your prayers.

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