Trust

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Trust

One of the hardest things to do in our lives is trust. We are confronted with this everyday in one form or another. We have to trust the engineers who designed the cars and buses we travel in, the bridges we use, the high rise buildings we work or live in. We have to trust, to a certain extent, the politicians we elect, the teachers, doctors, nurses etc who are involved in our daily lives. And we have to trust the people we associate with at work or on the team we play for. We need to be able to trust our friends and family members.

All of this, in the course of our daily life is frequently taken for granted. We believe and trust the bridges will stay up, the buildings won’t collapse and our friends and family will be loyal. But it takes trust. That trust is learned and earned over time and through experience. Sometimes it fails us and we are let down. At other times we are the source of the failure. In any case we still need that trust and need to work at building it and supporting it.

St Theresa of Avila said: “Consider seriously how quickly people change, and how little trust is to be had in them; and hold fast to God, Who does not change”. St Theresa seems to have found this truth through experience. Trusting God is always the best way. Waiting on Him will always have better results. God was faithful to the people of Israel in the Old Testament, even when they were not faithful to Him. He will always be our source for truth, goodness, and mercy.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

The greatest trust we can have and demonstrate, is that which we give to God.

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Think of all those plans we make day to day. All the people we meet either in person or in social media. How did we come to make those plans? How did we meet those people. Did everything go according to plan? Was someone rude to us? Did we get slandered in social media? How did we react? It is not only our actions but our reactions that decide if we remain in God’s presence.

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I wonder…

And how many priests and prelates are well aware of this state of affairs and would rather look away? How many would rather deal with fund raising and parish retention programmes and New Evangelisation programmes which may be or are in actual fact void of the deeper meaning of the Sacraments and how to live them in our daily lives?

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Things we need (and don’t need)

If we can learn to distinguish between “want” and “need”, if we can learn to do with less and live within our means, then we can be better prepared for tomorrow and have a simplified, less cluttered life.

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