Thursday, August 28, 2014

Is God Faithful?

From the Hermitage

Dear Friends,

After yesterday's rather heavy reflection about a painful reality in our days, let's take a few moments today to consider the question posed in the title of today's posting.  Indeed we need to ask ourselves on occasion if we really believe God is faithful.

Again, as a priest, there are so many times that individuals ask the same question:  "Why doesn't God answer my prayers?" or "Why does God allow such terror and cruelty to exist for the people he has created in his goodness?"  But the reality is that we focus on the negative so often.  Pope Benedict had a great insight:  we allow our world and all of its evil to weigh heavy upon us.  We allow ourselves to focus on those negative reality that surround us.  The retired pope noted that the "deepest poverty is not the lack of food, shelter or clothing."  He sees the deepest poverty in our lives to be "the inability of joy."  So often we fail to live in the reality that God has been good to us throughout our lives in so many ways.

Take so time today to list for yourself the times that God has been faithful to you in your life or in the life of your family.  Look at some of the synonyms for the word faithful:  Can you not find many reasons or Godly events to remind you of God's faithfulness?   loyalconstanttrue,devotedtrue-blueunswervingstaunch,steadfastdedicatedcommittedtrusty,trustworthydependablereliable.

    Oremus pro invicem!

     Fr. Milt