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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.



Fear is something very hard to control. For those we wish to help a good deal of patience and understanding goes a long way, and the knowledge that we can be part of the solution to someone’s pain and fear…

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Loss and Gain

We all face loss. And what do we do with it. How is it expressed and how does it change us? Loss can be if employment and position in society. It can be financial, or more frequently, the loss of friends and loved ones through death.

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One of the many currents in our world at the moment is minimalism. This is not a “universal” mode of living by choice though, as many people in the world, especially the developing world, are minimalist as a result of economic disparities in the world. For people living in any number of developed economies, there is a trend to simplify and minimise a life that has become over burdened with consumerism and occupation with the acquiring of these objects and the storage of them.

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