June 22, 2016

Are you letting yourself be fathered by God?

In the midst of confusion, frustration, or feeling overwhelmed, we ought not ever feel truly alone. It's a temptation to believe that when we are being called outward, deeper, we have to sort out life's confusions on our own. But in reality, to feel the loneliness of being truly alone or the naiveté of having to figure things out by ourselves is to deny the role of God as Father in our lives.

In the absence of clear direction, nobody can deny that it is helpful to ask, "What do I need to do?" But, as I was reminded by a Franciscan priest recently, a more important follow-up question is, "How is God trying to father me through this experience?" Asking this, we open ourselves to His divine plan in our lives, while simultaneously preempting the frustration that comes from going it (seemingly) alone.

In the face of uncertainty or anxiety, pray for the grace to see God's fatherhood in your lives, and take comfort in the fact that we are never left alone.

Praised be Jesus Christ, who shows us the Father.

Frassati NY