Greetings! I wanted to pass on an unexpected way to pray during the day. I work for a company that supports computer servers across the country for different companies. As part of our security regulations, we are required to have passwords at least 13 characters long, with a mix of upper case, lower case, numbers, and symbols. Since I may have to enter this password 30+ times each day, it needs to be easily remembered, easily typed, and still meet the security standards.
One day I had let my password expire and I needed to come up with a new password RIGHT NOW. My password generator was coming up with junk – hard to remember and hard to type. I asked G_D for help, and was reminded of an article I had just read about Joan of Arc, so I came up with “St.JoanMaidOrl3ans”. (Mind you, this isn’t the password I came up with and used. This is an example only.) It was easy to remember and passed the standards test. So for the next 60 days I typed St. Joan’s name at least 30 times each day.
After that, I found myself using the names of saints to make passwords. It would be a saint-of-the-day from sometime this past week, usually identified with a place name or an attribute. It’s easy munging up the BVM’s name with one of her titles to make a long and almost unbreakable password.
The reason I’m writing is that I’ve been struggling all my adult life with different spiritual issues. After using this technique for a year and a half, I realized today that my spiritual issues are becoming not so overwhelming as before. The only difference in my life has been the fact that I am invoking the name of a saint many times each day. Somehow that is giving me the courage to face down my demons.
Just wanted to throw this out there to see if this technique helps anyone else.