Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created;
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. LET US PRAY.
O God, who didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful people by sending them the light of Thy Holy Spirit, grant us
by the same Spirit to have right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen
O Holy Spirit, sweet Guest of my soul, abide in me and grant that I may ever abide in Thee.
O, God Whose Providence never fails in its design.12
— Roman Missal
Indeed, God is watching each detail of our life. Difficulties and hardships are permitted by God, but this does not mean He has abandoned us or does not love us. On the contrary, suffering is a gift given to souls who are especially dear to Him. Suffering is a way Our Lord uses to draw us closer to Himself. It is a way of purifying our love for Him. We should not worry and question the ways of God, “[f]or the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God” (1 Cor 3:19). Suffering is also a way we can participate with God in the redemption of other souls, which is a precious gift. Thus we should have confidence in the Providence of God. A true story from my own garden illustrates this point.
Several years ago we began to see a tomato plant growing in the crack between where the front cement walk meets brick stairs to the front door. It appeared that a seed had fallen in the crack the previous summer, possibly from one of the plants that had been growing in our front planters. Not much water could get in the crack, but as the plant grew under the canopy of a mature tree, it did not dry out like the plants in the full sun. The squirrels that usually patrol the garden did not see the tomato plant growing in this unusual place. Thus what seemed like an unfortunate situation—a seed falling in a small crack in the front walk—turned out to yield a surprisingly good harvest. Such is our life. Things may come that we do not understand, such as difficulty and trial. Even though the seed had a much less hospitable home in the crack than did the plants in the large garden, the little plant persisted and yielded more than those growing in the garden. We should put our trust in God because He knows what is best for us, and all is there for our sanctification.
Goal: Trust in the Providence of God, and accept difficulties and sufferings.
PRAY THE ROSARY. . .