It seemed that it was the end of the fight, that it was time for a well-deserved rest, but… on Palm Sunday even more than ever before, we need to hear these words of Jesus: Child, you are not yet in your homeland; so go, fortified by My grace, and fight for My kingdom in human souls … (Diary, 1489).
On the last Sunday of Lent, we need special strength to end the fight with victory? Why? Because just in the last week of Lent the opponent whose name is Satan will double his efforts to strike us fast with two practiced blows:
- the temptation to get absorbed in the whirl of work,
- the temptation to quarrel, to which we succumb most often in the moments of exhaustion and rush.
You must now prepare a well-designed defense strategy to knock out your Contestant. The Polish and World Champion in spiritual warfare — St. Faustina — comes to help you. She wants to teach you something, sharing these words with you: I must not let myself become absorbed in the whirl of work, [but] take a break to look up to heaven (Diary, 226). This exercise is not easy. It requires self-discipline and cooperation with God’s grace, for example: through the daily morning prayer to the Lord Jesus and requesting Him to help you remember this practice in the Holy Week and use it with patience in the moments of fending of the blows.
However, in the face of an upcoming blow of quarrel, you should make a dodge that is you should keep silent. St. Faustina writes : Silence is a sword in the spiritual struggle. A silent soul is strong; no adversities will harm it if it perseveres in silence (Diary, 477). Of course, the point is not to say nothing. It is better when you think first, whether what you are going to say to someone pleases the Lord Jesus or it is better to keep silent. What matters is also the way of speaking. You gain more with gentleness rather than with a harsh tone and stubbornness, when you hold to our opinion which may not necessarily be good.
Therefore, let us not rest on our laurels. The previous rounds were just a warm-up. There are short nights (less sleep) ahead of us, queuing up, rushing to clean up, and the willingness to do everything perfectly, which is not good for our inner concentration. Let us not be surprised if during the Holy Week the car will break down or the cake will burn. Then, let’s look up to Heaven and keep silent or even “to spite the devil” say: God, you are the Lord of my time! So? You take care of it!