Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. (Revelation 12:7-8)We must be on guard against the temptations and pitfalls that can lead us astray from God and living a holy life. As in gaming, we destroy the evil forces that threaten our survival, in the spiritual life; we work diligently every day through prayer, the sacraments, and living good lives, to attack and eliminate the temptations of the devil in our lives, and our own vices and faults, so that we can become more Christlike. In gaming, as in life, we are working toward an ultimate goal. We are pursuing a victorious end: to win the game and obtain a triumph or successful end. We can and should look at our lives as a pursuit of the ultimate goal of heaven. It takes commitment and perseverance to achieve this goal and it is not achieved easily. We give time and attention to our relationship with Jesus and work diligently toward becoming saints so that we can win the crown. St. Paul encourages us to compete well to the end to win the prize of heaven.
Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)When playing video games, you are usually given several chances, or “lives,” to obtain the objective of the game. In his great mercy, God also extends many opportunities for us to rise and begin again when we fall. One of the greatest gifts we have as Catholics is the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where we can be cleansed of our sins and begin again. In essence, we receive a "new life" with which we can start over after every defeat. As Our Lord instructed St. Faustina,“Tell souls where they are to look for solace, that is, in the Tribunal of Mercy [the Sacrament of Reconciliation]. There the greatest miracles take place [and] are incessantly repeated.” (Diary #1448) Image credit: Pixabay.com (2014), CC0/PD[/caption] Even though -- sigh -- I wish my children would more often opt for active pastimes, I am trying to look on the bright side and see the benefit of sitting indoors and working a Nintendo controller on days when there are no alternatives. I have loved basking in our warm living room this winter season with my family, experiencing the time we have together. Despite my misgivings, we have certainly created some special moments that I will always fondly remember.
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Tina is a transplant to Mobile, Alabama from South Louisiana who enjoys cooking, writing, and exercising in her spare time. She is the wife of Jude and mother to three girls. She blogs at Diary of a Domestic Church and is also a contributor for Patheos Catholic at The Way of the Wildflowers.