Image of Jesus at Emmaus in window from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.
To the Catholic Sentinel:
The Lord’s grace is sufficient.
One thing I’ve realized when I ask for anything is that Jesus doesn’t just send a small sign — he sends himself. We sometimes are too proud to recognize him in others, or see the true gift of trials that may bring us to tears. Christ sends us failures specifically because he loves us and is like a parent. If only we could welcome our trials more gracefully, and praise the Lord instead of turning to hatred and despair.
One trial I struggle with is turning over my life to Christ, because it means giving up control. Doing the will of God is also hard because there are so many distractions and so much arrogance built in American culture. I like the “Treatise on Purgatory,” by St. Catherine of Genoa, because it explains the complete lack of self a person needs to come to God: “They cannot see that they are in pain because of their sins,” she writes. It’s difficult to envision such an extraordinary place.
The Bible says signs are for unbelievers, and I think too much prayer may be a lack of faith, because inside it is uncertainty. Saying too much about your prayer life can be pride. There’s no escape to sin, I’ve found. It’s all in the grace of God, and our Heavenly Mother’s intervention.