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The Efficacy of Holy Water

I am not usually one prone to dreaming (or, if you accept the idea that everyone dreams, some people simply don’t remember dreaming: I am one of those people that doesn’t remember dreaming). But the past few nights I had been having “bad dreams”. What exactly about I couldn’t really you, only recalling bits and pieces that didn’t make much sense. Nonetheless, like a child I’d wake up in the middle of the night not feeling so safe. Remembering that I was an adult I would say my prayers to St. Michael the Archangel and our Blessed Mother and drift back to sleep. Tired of waking and sleeping so fitfully I decided to break out the big guns, so to speak: Holy Water. Yesterday I sprinkled my entire bedroom with Holy Water, and then again did so that night before I went to bed, praying:

Deliver us we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils past, present, and to come through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Amen.

And then blessed myself (with Holy Water) making the sign of the Cross, prayed to St. Michael the Archangel and the Blessed Virgin Mary again, and drifted off to sleep. Dreamless sleep.  I did not awake in the middle of the night, nor as I’ve said did I have a bad dream.

Thank you Holy Mother Church for giving us Sacramentals, and thank you Most Sweet Jesus for the Church!

… so don’t forget to keep yourself well-supplied with Holy Water!

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