Depiction of St. Dominic and one of his 9 ways of Praying.
Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9
Ever since my period of dryness, I have felt called to penance for others. When I saw Lough Derg in the Catholicism video by Fr. Barron, I felt inexplicably drawn to this Purgatory Island. There was a time when I would have thought something like this was crazy, but now I feel called. Called to offer penance for others. But catching a plane to Ireland is not something realistic at this time in my life.
So I went to talk to my Spiritual Director. He suggested praying the Rosary with my arms outstretched. I thought this an impossible task. I am out of shape. But I went to adoration after I spoke with him, my heart felt the Lord say, “Look with eyes of faith and see beyond the veil.”
I wasn’t sure what to make of this. When I left I cried at the thought of a Rosary with my arms outstretched. I want to pray for others, but I am weak. The Lord showed me a picture in my head, a picture of angels holding up my arms. This happened on the Feast of the Guardian Angels.
I have yet to do this. Pray for me, that it will be as I saw. That the Angels will hold my arms. That Penance for others unites us with Christ. That more souls will make it to heaven.
*Update – I was able to do this, thanks be to God and His holy Angels.