Sunday, August 22, 2010

Why The Crooked Halo?

Why the Crooked Halo, you might ask? Years ago, I received a Christmas card with three adorable angels on it, one had a mischievous twinkle in its eyes and wore its halo to the side, a crooked halo. That's me, I thought, wedged between two sisters whose halos were always on straight.
Tess and Judey were obedient, proper, quiet--truly rampuncious, a tom boy, a rule breaker who my dad said was the reason he lost his hair!
But, let's admit it, aren't most of us...angels with a crooked halo? Saintly one day, a bit devilish the next?
God asks us to strive to be the saints we are called to be. Is this an impossible command? Think about it, what is a saint? An ordinary person who has done the extraordinary for Christ's sake. An impossible command, no. A challenging command, yes.
I fight against the current every day because of original sin. I fight against a liberal society with its immorality, materialism and distaste for all that is sacred and holy. So how do I keep my halo from completely slipping off? Only by the grace of God. No matter how I stray in thought, word or deed, I make a sincere act of contrition. I ask forgiveness with the image of the repentant tax collector in my mind, "Lord, have mercy on me a sinner." I beg God to help me not to sin, to be more tolerant, less judgmental, to give me another chance to straighten my crooked halo....and He always does!
Thank you, Abba.


  1. Great post, Nanette. I love the name Crooked Halo and my own halo is often askew too :) Maybe God prefers it this way so we stay humble and lean on Him. When I lean on my own strength you can bet a mess isn't far behind (lol)! God bless you, my friend!

  2. Thanks for your kind words, Mary. Being aware that our halo is crooked can draw us closer to God. I think He gets a kick at it at times. N