Not Pie in the Sky but to live simply in This-Day
“…Every pain has its end and then life in freedom begins…where everything is returned
…Pray for the strength of faith: trust in the love of the Heavenly Father…Faith makes you
live according to what is good and then the light of God’s love always comes at the
desired moment”--(Our Lady of Medjugorje 2 April 2018)
I know many people who have very hard lives. Health issues, family, and money problems. The list for some, can go on, and on. Then there are those whose lives seem to be running smoothly until they sit and open up their hearts and souls. There is always something to struggle with, or through.
To believe in God, to have faith, no matter what is one's belief, is not an escape from reality, nor is it irrational to trust in God. I have known Muslims, Hindus, and New Agers, whose faith in God puts me to shame. As a Monk, I have the privilege to meet many fellow Catholics, and other Christians, who also humble me in how they keep the light of faith going, even in the midst of great darkness, and suffering, which often goes on for years. They do not become bitter or cynical. Though their faith matures through many struggles.
To have faith in God means that we will one day be present before the Infinite and have our life presented to us in detail, without glamor, or lies, just truth. This can be a daunting thought, but our trust in God’s love and mercy forestalls any despair. Trust and fear cannot live in the same house, for fear will eat up trust, and get fat, over the dessert of despair. We are called to be childlike, open, and to never fear the dance we all have with life, or with our own deepest selves.
I know of no one who believes in the so-called “Magic-Man in the Sky”…..it is obvious that entity does not exist. Yet infinite mind does exist, unrestricted thought, and revealed in my faith as love, and compassion, in Jesus Christ, who shows us the face of the Father.
All we need to do is get through ‘this-day’, for it is all we have. It is always ‘this-day’ and will be that on the day we die. It all happens now, and we can always trust, just for ‘this-day’. It is a choice, though not an easy one.
God love will be a surprise for all of us, for Infinite love, the love of the Heavenly Father is way beyond our comprehension….so let us embrace this life, it is a journey, not towards oblivion but towards more life. Let us pray that all will embrace this life, this mercy, this compassion. The Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Mercy Chaplet, as well as the Fatima prayer that we say on the Rosary, are all prayers for the salvation of all, and when we pray these prayers we are also praying for all who have hurt or abused us. We also pray for mercy ourselves, for, without grace, we would all be great sinners, seeking to create a life that will free us from the deep pain that only God’s love can give us.