If you are ever just frustrated by what seems like endless dishes and laundry, then this article is for you.
The title may shock some people. How can an Adult Faith Formator, someone who works for the Church, use the word Damn in a title? Isn’t the word a bad word?
Nope, this word isn’t a bad word if used correctly. The problem is that most of us haven’t been taught how to use it in the right way. We were taught just to never use it. In my case, and my guess yours, is we were taught this anathema when we were younger. I even teach my kids not to use the word. It’s similar to how we as a society treat alcohol. I’m not handing my 3-year-old a beer and I’m not going to teach him the proper way to use the word damn. He’s just not ready.
But, you an adult. That’s a different story. You have reason and a more developed intellect than my sons. YOU, in fact, need to learn how to properly use the word. The devil hates when we correctly use it. In the seminary they told us it’s very powerful when used in the right way.
To correctly use damn, we need to define it. Damn means to send something to hell. Only God has that power. God is an all-loving parent that wants to empower His children. Much like we want our kids to learn to drive. Our priests have the power to bless and damn things. They get this power from Jesus. We have priest bless our homes, marriages, and almost anything else. We also would call on them to do an exorcism and damn some demons. But as baptized children of God we also have these powers. However, not in the same way. * We are to bless our children, food, and other things we are thankful for. But the devil has tricked us to not damn the things that hold us back, vices we have, sin, and results of sin.
So how does one damn the dishes? Well, it’s actually not the dishes we would be damning. It’s the bad germs because they are the result of the sin that has entered the world. One can look at the mound of frustration and say, “In the name of Jesus Christ, I damn these germs to hell.”
You can, and should, do the same with temptation in your life. The next time you feel a temptation say it in your mind or even better out loud. For example, “In the name of Jesus, damn my laziness, greed, lust, gluttony.” Own your sins, but throw those damn things out like dirty old socks. While you’re at it ask God then to fill the void. Remember, SUPER AWESOME PARENT literally wants to give you the world! Get the greed out Charity in, lust out Love in, gluttony out jazzercize in (shrug). If you don’t find it working, then call on a Saint to do the damning for you. Listen to me, we all need a little help from our friends and those are the big guns. St. Joseph is GREAT for this action. One of his titles is: The TERROR of demons!
It’s a battle field out there. So, get out there and start terrorizing some demons yourself!
*To put it simply, a priest is in personal Christi capitis and we aren’t. Just like I received special powers to somehow know things my kids are doing Fr. Dave got super powers during his ordination. That seems like a good topic for next time.
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