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Trust Even When All Is Not Well

These last few years have been difficult for many. It seems everyone I talk to is going through some sort of trial. Many feel they've come to the end of their rope. It may be financial difficulties, divorce, poor health, a death in the family, disappointment with teenagers, loneliness, relapse of addictions, and more.

The list keeps going, and the trials can be overwhelming. It's so easy to trust in God when all is well. When the world caves in around us, however, it represents a serious challenge.

How do we trust in such times? How do we handle the trials?

What Humility Isn't

It seems easier to define humility by what it isn't rather than by what it is. We know that in today's world of consumerism and materialism, humility is often viewed as a sign of weakness. Being meek and humble of heart is not a weakness! Scripture tells us "...whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted" (Mt 23:12). But do we really believe it, and even more importantly, do we practice it?

God, Neighbor, and Self. Now Put Them All Together.

I want to first share with you a few thoughts on reconciliation. The Divine Mercy message calls us to a conversion of the heart. Many of us find reconciliation with a loved one, friend, or co-worker very difficult. We say we forgive and forget, but we seldom forgive and rarely forget. We hold on to anger and lack real forgiveness in our hearts. Many of us fear going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, as we are embarrassed by our sins, and keep putting off going to this wonderful sacrament of mercy.

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