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Be Not Discouraged: Weekly Message for 08-18-2020
Dear Fellow Digital Pilgrim, pax Christi:
Earlier this month, after 5 wonderful years of living in the Washington DC area, I moved further north to join the community of Consecrated Women in Detroit, MI. There are many mixed emotions saying goodbye to dear friends and hello to new possibilities and adventures.
We all face challenges dealing with transition and change no matter how expected, insignificant or impacting. Returning to school online, adapting to wearing masks in public forums, job transitions, managing care for aging parents, and so on.
Change is difficult. In life, there is always the guarantee that change will happen. Change is something we can fear and become anxious about as we experience a certain sense of losing control. Letting go of the past and being open to an unclear future can be messy, uncomfortable, and at times painful. Yet we are also impelled to discover new possibilities, to be innovative, and grow through the process!
We also know in faith that God has a plan for our life for future hope and prosperity. If we trust in God and allow the change to mold us in becoming more like Jesus Christ (in how we respond and act), then we are promised that all things will work together for good for those who love Him and keep His commandments! (Romans 8:28).
Our lives are full of ups and downs. As Christians, we build our lives upon the stability of Christ “who is the same yesterday, today, and always” (Hebrews 13:8). Turning to the favors of the Lord we live with boldness, valor, and hope to build our lives upon Christ through daily prayer, devotion, and committing to his word with our sights looking toward eternal aspirations. These words from St. Paul give us timely encouragement.
“Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
It is our hope and prayer that all the many products and services we offer here at RCSpirituality.org will help give you peace and encouragement as you face the ups and downs in life. The more you click around the site, the more aids to spiritual growth you will find. So please, click away! And when you find something you like, share it with someone. That’s how we help build the Kingdom of Christ, the only Kingdom that will last forever.
Before signing off, I want to thank all of you who are continuing to support us with your prayers, suggestions, and donations. Thank you for helping to spread the Good News throughout the growing, digital continent.
May God bless you and keep you.
With the assurance of my prayers,