July 7, 2015

Hope in the Midst of Current Events

It seems like everywhere I turn I see news stories that make me fear for our nation's future. From the beginning of attacks on our religious freedom to IUDs being implanted in girls as young as 6th grade without parental consent to reproductive genetics to a "healthy" 24 year old in Belgium being given the right to die, it's really easy to get caught up in despair and worry about the world where my babies and grandbabies will grow up.  I've had a whole lot of spare time this summer to read about and process these things, and I have to admit to being filled with fear and worry about where our nation is headed.

However, I sat in the presence of our Lord in adoration early this morning and was filled with such great hope.  God encouraged my heart and reminded me that he is so much bigger and greater than anything our nation can be facing and any of our doubts and fears.  I am reminded of the promises in his Word, and these words fill me with hope and peace. 

"Do not fear; I am with you; do not be anxious; I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
- Isaiah 41:10 

"I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have overcome the world." 
- John 16:33 



"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, or principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor depth, not any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." 
- Romans 8:39

"What than shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for all of us, how will he not also give us everything along with him?"
-Romans 8:31-32

Like I said, God is so much bigger than the issues of this world.  As Christians, we thankfully have the knowledge that Christ is victorious in the end and that he conquered evil when he died on the cross for us.  His love for us is immense, and he will be with us every step of the way in our lives here and now, giving us the strength we need to live in this world and stand up for our faith until we one day meet him face to face. 

I am finding myself more fully committed to witnessing and living out the Gospel in my own life. I am ready to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) to be a proactive witness to the faith. I have found authentic and lasting joy through striving (definitely not always achieving, but certainly trying), to place God at the center of my life and through the truths that he has revealed to us about life, marriage, and family. As Saint Gemma says, "I am convinced that only God can make me happy."


I will not sit back and allow Satan to instill fear in my heart. I will not be conquered by evil (Romans 12:21).  And I will not give in to the lies of the devil. I will, however, more than ever before, seek to fill my heart and mind with God's words and promises.  I may not be able to change public policies, but I can do my best to model and encourage a holy life and marriage for my two babies, as well as any future babies we may be blessed with. Hopefully the love in our marriage and family life will also be a witness to the culture around us. We were encouraged by our deacon at mass today to reflect on whether or not our lives are reflecting God's love to those around us.  Does mine? I'm not sure, but that's what our faith is about, and I truly want to be able to share that love with others. It certainly is a lofty goal to strive for, but I will be praying daily for strength and courage, for I know that all things are possible with God. 


"Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man."
- Luke 21:36


17 comments:

  1. Oh Caitlin, this post is so beautiful! It's exactly what my heart needed to hear. Each word of Scripture you wrote struck a chord. Thank you! It so good to be reminded the Lord is so much bigger than any problem or difficulty we face. And my girl St. Gemma, love her!

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    1. Scripture always seems to have a way of doing that! So glad God spoke to you!

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  2. What a beautiful post. In this ever-changing (and sometimes scary) world, we have hope in the one God whose love and protection stays constant.
    Love the pictures of your beautiful family, too.

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  3. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  4. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  5. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  6. So true. I felt this way my first year teaching high school when I realixed what truly terrible situations some of my students were in. I would only add St. Padre Pio, "pray, hope, and don't worry."

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    1. Love that quote from him! I know, I feel the same way worrying about my students and the homes they come from! I have to pray and remember God is in control.

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  7. Yes, yes, yes. I keep thinking of Saint JPII's first words when he was elected... Be not afraid. We are called to speak the gospel... and as St. Francis said, sometimes we even use words. But I think our joy and love as Christians, even toward those who disagree with us is our most powerful witness. I also keep going back to a point by St. Josemaria in The Way - Trust always in your God. He does not lose battles.

    And ps - your beautiful, joyful family is a great witness!!! :)

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    1. Amen!!! So very true! Thanks for sharing that quote from St. Josemaria too!

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  8. Such a great reflection - I keep getting reminded of this too - that God always wins in the end.

    And this: "We were encouraged by our deacon at mass today to reflect on whether or not our lives are reflecting God's love to those around us. Does mine?" The answer is yes! I have not met you in person, but I also feel God's presence in your words and in the love I can see for your family in all of your pictures.

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    1. Thank you so much Liesl! That Is the kindest compliment!

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  9. Ditto to what the others said!

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  10. I so agree and beautifully written. And those pictures of your precious family... amazing!!!

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    1. Thank you Tara! I had my sister snap a few of us while we were at the beach together!! :)

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