... in bed
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.