Do we choose to trust in God?
“Jesus: ‘My child, life on earth is a struggle indeed; a great struggle for my kingdom. But fear not, because you are not alone. I am always supporting you, so lean on Me as you struggle, fearing nothing. Take the vessel of trust and draw from the fountain of life – for yourself, but also for other souls, especially such as are distrustful of My goodness.’” (No. 1488)
(From Sr. Faustina’s dairy).
Scott Peck’s book “The Road Less Traveled” started off with this quote: “Life is hard”. We all know it, no one is spared. When we try to escape from the sufferings that in reality are forced upon us, we try to find an escape. Yet, the twist and turns of life that attempt to outrun suffering, only make things worse, in the end.
Each faith path has an answer in how to live through the ‘outrageous fortunes’ that befall us all. Christians are part of the Body of Christ, in that we are a priestly people, and our sufferings are the continue sufferings of Christ Jesus, for he is one with us. It is hard to believe in God’s goodness and love when in the midst of suffering, or when we see, or read, about tragedies that others go through.
We can choose to trust in God, and in that, we find meaning in life and find ourselves growing in love and compassion for others. Are we can become bitter, lose our faith, and deal with life from that perspective.
Faith is a gift, but it has to be fed, by study, reading of the Scriptures, and in the act of making acts of trust in God when everything points in the other direction. All throughout history, we have great saints from all traditions who have chosen to grow in faith, and not to fall into despair.
There is no arguing about this, for once we choose from our deep self, our perspective is what leads us, and interpret reality for us. So I respect all no matter what they come to believe. However, since I am a man of faith, believing that God loves all, and wills their salvation, I pray for all as well. We are a priestly people and in that we join with Christ Jesus in living out the Fathers will, praying for the salvation of all.—Br.MD