Elaine asked, “I have a special request. Could you share with us a happy thought, image, meditation or memory that you turn to for comfort in times of distress? Or is there a protocol that you follow at such times to recapture your composure and peace of mind?”
Seriously, when I am stressed, or in pain or afraid of my sins (because I fear hell and I know my sins), generally I panic and get an upset stomach, and try to adjust to get rid of the pain. The tears come because I know I keep doing the same sin. And I definitely don’t have a method to rely on. It’s very situational.
Usually, I am in this state for a while. But each situation is a different response.
If I wake up at night, I say my morning offering. I might fall asleep and have to finish it when I wake next. I’ve got so many people to pray for that I want to use my day, usually sufferings, as a prayer.
If I am at the computer, generally I grunt and moan. And if I am feeling bad I YouTube the rosary with scripture.
I think that the closest thing I have is to look at a crucifix, and compare what I’m dealing with to what Jesus suffered, and I back down. I once read the medical description of what happens in a crucifixion, and I sag away in horror and shame, with a resolution to offer it up, at least until the next one comes.
The face of Jesus is another. And then if I can’t focus, the Jesus prayer.