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Fr. Scott’s Corner – Use Challenges to Grow Closer to God

Fr. Scott’s Corner – Use Challenges to Grow Closer to God

There is an old story about someone who gathered a flaming torch and pail of water, hoping to set fire to all the mansions in heaven and extinguish all the flames of hell. His reason: afterward, he thought he would see who truly loved God.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard people talk about how they feel the misfortunes they experience or, alternately, the blessings they receive, are a reflection of God’s love for them. This could not be more untrue! God loves us all equally. However, it is true that some of us experience more challenges than others. But it is important to remember that these challenges do not define us, or God’s love for us. Instead, it is our reaction to these challenges that reflect who we are.

Over the past year, many of us have faced all kinds of adversity. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, job, or home, it is clear that many people are suffering. And in the face of adversity, the easiest thing may be to throw our hands up and feel sorry for ourselves at the injustice visited upon us. But what takes true strength and character is our ability to use the challenges we face as opportunities to grow closer to God. If we put our trust in Him, He will guide us through the difficult times. And, through our adversities, He will give us the tools we need to prepare for our eternal lives with Him in heaven.

…what takes true strength and character is our ability to use the challenges we face as opportunities to grow closer to God.

I once heard a song lyric, “You don’t see hearses with luggage racks.” This is something that has stuck with me for years. It is true that the material wealth we accumulate in this life is temporary. No matter how much or how little we have, we can’t take it with us. The lasting treasure that stays with us from this life to the next is faith—our love for God and the gift of His grace. When we have this, we are truly rich and truly blessed!

This month, as we continue to gather to pray and worship together over the airwaves, it is my prayer that Sunday Mass at Mercy Home will strengthen your faith and bring joy to your spirit. You can always be assured that you are in the most heartfelt thoughts and prayers of all us at Mercy Home. I hope you, too, will remember us in your prayers.

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