... in bed

Published on 12 Sep 2019
Wooden rosary

I’m in bed, on a Friday and it’s time to say the rosary – the first sorrowful mystery, the agony in the garden. 

But I’ve had a lovely day in the garden, the weather was good, the work was easy, and I was well satisfied with the results.  I was gently reminded that this is not about a garden; it’s about an agonising decision.  Ignatius helps us make decisions between different good possibilities, but what if all the options you consider have massive drawbacks?  I started to pray for all those people who are caught between the devil and the deep, between a rock and a hard place, with no sign of a possible positive outcome.  Sometimes a third party will help in these situations, by offering practical help, suggesting a possibility not yet thought of, or just helping the distressed person to keep calm and wait before acting.  I pray for those people too.  But if that help is not forthcoming and the wrong decision is made, I pray that a merciful God will understand that the poor person was doing his/her best to make an impossible choice.