I need your help.
About six months ago, Ryan and I created the First Friday Link-Up. This is a monthly link-up in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I love it so much and I’m so proud and thrilled with every single soul who posts or reads.
Lately though, every time I try to focus on the link-up, writing posts or anything like, I get completely overwhelmed. As some of you know, I have bouts of depression. In such times, the Sacred Heart is my joy and solace. Now whenever First Fridays are approaching or I need to do things for the link-up, I get so anxious and dispirited.
At first I thought it just coincidence or maybe the pressure I was putting on myself to get link-up “right” but I think there’s more going on.
I think Satan would rather keep me distant from the Heart of my Lord and afraid to speak of Him or this beautiful devotion. I think he wants to make the First Friday Link-Up into a burden. I’m definitely tempted to treat it as just another piece of worldly success — or lack thereof! Last night, I had a dream that seemed to confirm that. I know this sounds terribly melodramatic. Truly, I don’t want to turn all Chicken Little on you.
But will you pray?
Pray that I keep safe in the Heart of Jesus, pray that the link-up will be exactly what God would have it be (no more and no less), and pray that I will be able to receive Holy Communion next First Friday. I haven’t been able to for at least three months and it makes me so sad.
Tomorrow, I’ll post again on the link-up for this coming March. I’ll probs be all gung-ho and in your face by then — you’ll be sick of the Sacred Heart! (Nah that’s impossible… but you might be sick of me!) But right now, I need you to see just how afraid I am.
One last thing, the First Friday of March is also the First Friday of Lent. When Our Lord appeared to St Margaret Mary, He promised that,
“In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.”
If you’ve ever wanted to fulfill Our Lord’s request, this First Friday is the perfect time to start. Is there a better way to begin Lent? (Nope!) Nine First Fridays from now also brings us to November, just as the Liturgical Year is ending and we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.
I call that positively providential!