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Life is Difficult

May 15th, 2013by Dan Thomas

“Life is difficult,” the opening sentence of the bestseller The Road Less Travelled by Scot Peck, has been a guiding statement for me ever since reading the book. It is a reminder of the challenges that all of us face as we live the life we’re given. I’ve discovered that my ranting and raving about life being unfair doesn’t seem to change reality much, so somehow I need to deal with what is as it is.

A second reflection I’ve come across over the years is the thought that what life presents is a challenge that I am called to meet with the gifts and talents I have. What that does is call out what is best in me if I search for it and use it in meeting those challenges. Success or failure happens but using those gifts grows me in ways I would not always have chosen for myself.

Recently I came across another meaningful idea on a blog dealing with a “theology on tap” experience where three priest were answering questions about our faith. One response to a question about his vocation history was “Can I trust God with my life?” It seems to me that this question is one all of us Catholic Christians have to ask ourselves and answer “yes” to. Can we look at our lives, past, present and future and put them into God’s hands with trust that God cares for us, is with us and will always be with us no matter what happens? This is a tremendous “leap of faith” that we make knowing that like Jesus we are held in the palms of God’s hands and the end is the resurrection that results if I/we are faithful, hopeful and full of love.

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas is a retired Director of Religious Education, living in Dayton Ohio. His education includes graduation from Chaminade HS and the University of Dayton (MA in Pastoral Ministry). He is married with two adult sons and is a parishioner at St. Helen, Dayton.