Even when overwhelmed…. always try to make things less bad.

“You must not abandon the ship in a storm because you cannot control the winds…
What you cannot turn to good, you must at least make as little bad as you can.”
St. Thomas More


(a gulf fritillary butterfly visits the Pentas / Julie Cook / 2019)

Whether it is doubt, despair, uncertainty, a burden, a heartache, a loss, an accident
a sorrow, even the saints have asked…”Where is Jesus”
It is in the depths of the misery and wondering and questioning that we must continue to make
things a little less bad…

We can never know what other people experience before the Blessed Sacrament.
Some people will say they feel ‘nothing’, and this is not wrong.
In Adoration, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta once wrote on a piece of paper,
‘Father, please pray for me—-where is Jesus?’, and passed it to the priest at the front.
She, who had had direct inspirations from God in prayer, spent decades in a dark night
where she could not feel his presence.
Remember: he owns the veil.

Sally Read
Annunciation: A Call to Faith in a Broken World

11 comments on “Even when overwhelmed…. always try to make things less bad.

  1. Tricia says:

    I remember reading about Mother Teresa’s darkness and depression once and being quite shocked about it. At the time I thought being close to God meant never feeling this way which was of course utterly wrong. Keeping the faith during moments like that is what in turn builds upon it and makes it stronger.

    Everything ok with you my friend? Sorry I haven’t been able to keep up with your blogs lately. I plan to catch up this weekend!

    • I know Tricia, right?! I use to think the same thing— Mother Teresa continues to teach us how to live and what it means to live our faith and simply not feel it.
      Life has been busy with the ’kids’— how about you?

      • Tricia says:

        I’d like to read her book, I think it was the last one she wrote before she died or maybe it was written about here I can’t remember but it went on to detail about her depression.

        I’ve been busy too and I’m really struggling trying to find spare time where I can just catch my breath. Things are fine but perhaps I need a course in, ahem time management. That’s never been my specialty, lol.

      • The book was written following her death and it really shed light, for me, about someone I would have imagined having a direct hotline to God but rather it was quite the opposite— and yet she persisted with that very first calling “I thirst”— despite the emptiness and spiritual despair — she toiled by faith —
        I’ll catch you up with life in Georgia later— for now,enjoy your evening Tricia!!

      • Tricia says:

        Love that thought about “I thirst” despite the emptiness and spiritual despair Julie, well said.

        Ok, you have a good evening as well and we will catch up soon! 🙂

    • Citizen Tom says:

      Here is a thought that once confused me more than it does now. I use to watch someone give a fine speech, and I had no idea how much work and practice went into. So I didn’t do the work and practice, and I wondered why I could not get up in front of people and make a coherent speech.

      What we don’t see doesn’t exist for us. That is how arrogant we begin this life. But each of us sees so little. So our personal observations mean little. Like those six blind men, we know little of the elephant (http://www.constitution.org/col/blind_men.htm). It helps when we share what we each observe. Still, the Truth is too big for us. We need God to reveal Himself.

      I doubt there is anyone who always feels the presence of God from the day they were born. We each need to be born again. Even after we are born again, our Lord has only begun a good work in us. The stories of Peter and Paul show us that.

      • Wonderful words as always Tom–deeply obeservant and insightful.
        I think that is in part why I do admire Mother Teresa so…despite being catapultated to a world stage, as well as having her detractors…Mother, as she was called, persevered despite setbacks, attacks, lack of funds, overwhelming hardships, etc…
        She never turned away a human being for care—it mattered not that they were not Catholic or Christian–Hindus and Muslims and Atheists were treated no differently from Christains.
        She was a hard task master to her sisters as she expected nothing less from them than what she would give—and that was to give her all to Jesus–He didn’t say do unto just the Christians, but to do unto others…meaning all others…and that she did.

        That is why I often think it is important that we see that these more “famous” people are really just mere mortals just like ourselves.
        They suffer, they hurt, they question and they yearn just like we do.

        Levels the playing feild a bit don’t you think 😉

      • Tricia says:

        Indeed Tom, it’s impossible to know even a little let alone everything, especially what in many cases we don’t even affirm actually exists and more so when it involves the experiences of others.

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