Thursday, November 3, 2011

Every time is the right time

Doesn't everyone wish at some time in their life that they could have someone else carry their cross, or trade it out for another? It can be difficult, on a daily basis, to wake up to what seems a "chronic" situation. For some, that situation may be a specific challenge they face, for others, life in general.

I've been there.

I understand.

It can take everything you have to move forward and continue to do what you do day in and day out -- especially if its something that you know will be long term. It's tough to look on the bright side.

These situations -- the moments when hope and stamina run low -- are temporary. The only way they become persistent is when we yield to them. And, this is where faith must be the foundation. St. Teresa of Avila left us a beautiful prayer:

Let nothing disturb you;
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away.
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God,
finds he lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.
- St. Teresa of Avila

This prayer is a safe haven in the storm. A stanza of supreme trust and simplicity. There is nothing we can do but God's will. These things will change, but God never does.

So, pick up yourself and your personal cross and walk. The sun will rise on your circumstances. It always does because God has set the stars in the heaven. Don't despair, TRUST that the cross you have is given specifically to you to make you holy. And, pray for Divine assistance to carry your load -- My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. Jesus carried the burden of the world's sufferings upon His shoulders for our salvation, resist falling under the weight of just your cross. He will help you, He knows your suffering.

St. Paul renders this precisely and perfectly when he teaches the Colossians:
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church. (Col 1:24)
Paul shows us how we can use our sufferings, offer them for others, as he does here for the Church, the body of Christ. He is becoming Christ to them. You too can offer every day your afflictions for the sake of others. Give them purpose and meaning. Let those afflictions build you up for the good that they can do in assisting Christ in His mission for the salvation of souls. And, never forget that these afflictions, these sufferings you endure, are passing, only God is unchanging.

Quotes for meditation and reflection:

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers,nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:38-9)

To the servant of God ... every place is the right place, and every time is the right time. (from the Letters of St. Catherine of Siena)


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