Litany of Trust

Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life (Respect Life).

In honor of Respect Life Month I’d like to share a prayer from the Sisters of Life, a religious order whose mission is to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.

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Waiting…

“All will be right with time and a little patience.” ~ St. Mary MacKillop

I wrote a post about waiting last year. At that time, I was in a personal situation that required patience.

Well, I’m still in a period of waiting and being asked to practice patience at this very moment!

So, I’d like to share this post with you again. If you read the original post, I recommended re-reading it here.

Waiting is a reality each of us can relate to, and there is often a lesson waiting for us…

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Surrender

Surrender usually refers to defeat and has a negative connotation in society. In Christianity, surrender has an entirely different meaning; and it’s what we’re meant to strive for in our relationship with God!

In my previous post, Waiting…, I emphasized that we’re called to put our lives in the Lord’s hands and trust the plan that He has for each of us; we must genuinely seek God’s will and pray for the grace to accept it. Another word for these actions is surrender.

Our goal as Christians is to allow God to be in charge, trust that He’ll take care of us and not worry about anything.

It may seem that if we give ourselves to Him, we’ll lose something (or everything). That’s a lie that the voices of the world tell us. Jesus tells us the truth:

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Divine Mercy

In my previous post, Change, I promised that I would focus on trust in the next one. I’m a woman of my word, so here it is!

Trust is a theme that will appear in many of my posts (either directly or indirectly). While there are several reasons for this, the main reason is because trust is the key to our faith and relationship with God.

When we put our trust in the Lord, our lives and souls are transformed. The more we trust, the more graces we receive and the closer we’re united to Him.

One’s confidence in God is increased and strengthened when the soul is nourished with prayer, Sacred Scripture and writings aligned with Church teaching, Mass, and the Sacraments (especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation). One way that I’ve increased my trust in God has been through my devotion to Divine Mercy.

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Change

Change can be difficult to experience and accept. We’re creatures of habit, and we get “comfortable” with our routines. We usually want everything to take place in a particular way because we think we know best. The truth is, we’re only able to see a small piece of the picture; our view is limited and narrow.

When we pray for a specific intention, events may start to occur and create a “shift.” This may appear to be different than what we prayed for, causing us to feel confused, uncomfortable or angry.

Even when we experience a “positive” change in our lives, we may feel resistant to accept it at first! We may not realize that in order for prayers to be answered, some kind of change is usually involved.

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