Lately, I have been feeling discouraged about my spiritual life and all the areas of my heart that I still have not yet fully surrendered to the Lord. My prayer life has seen better days and I am desperately in need of a good confession, but seem to be doing my level best to avoid any and all opportunities to avail myself of one. The most humiliating part of all is that I am teaching a class on the virtues at my children’s co-op and that has just served to highlight just how un-virtuous some of my day to day behavior really is – a fact that my 10 year old, who is in the class, is quick to point out….The truth is, giving into the temptation to throw a daily pity-party complete with long sighs and lots of woe-is-me’s is not an attitude that is likely to lift our discouragement any time soon.  I stress to my children every day that if they used the time they spent whining about doing their school work in actually doing their schoolwork they would be shocked at how quickly the work got done. Why don’t I take my own advice?When I find myself in these times of dryness and discouragement, The Stations of the Cross is my “go-to” devotion.  There is something very comforting to me in knowing that Jesus himself fell not once, but three times under the weight of the cross. The fact that he was able, and willing, to struggle to rise again after each fall – knowing that what awaited him was crucifixion, is a great witness to the power of His love for me, and for all of us.  In moments of discouragement, I find myself lingering over these three Stations in particular; begging the Lord for

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