Light in the Darkness?
Friday, January 21, 2011 by Ruth McDonnell

It feels like my life is not make any sense anymore. Nothing works out any more, my relationship is on and off for the 3 years, i go for interviews and got none of the jobs. Can u give me some hope please. Or is my faith in GOD to weak please help.
Signed, Angel

Dear Angel,

I have been spending some time praying for you since you sent in your question. I assure you that your situation is a common situation for many people whom at different times in their life struggle with sifting through life’s circumstances to find meaning, hope and to have a sense of stability in the midst of relationships, work and their personal life. In our fast pace world where we need to work at 300% to achieve the good that we need and desire, we can find it very hard to cope and to accept when, despite our best efforts, things just don’t come together as we desire. It is often in these situations when clichés or phrases that we hear can either make things worse or help and assist us, like, “God doesn’t give us more than we can handle”, or “When God closes a door, He opens a window”, or even, “What doesn’t kill us, will make us stronger”. Though these statements are very cliché, they do remind us of a few simple things: God is there, and remains faithful to us even in our darkest moments. Hope comes from our experience of trust in the hand that we cannot see….. that’s faith. Even when our faith is challenged by life’s circumstances, God remains faithful to us. The challenge however becomes ours: Does my relationship with God help me to trust and hope? Doe I see the relationship with God as a relationship… one of mutuality, and of love and compassion, and not of fear? This is what we need to sustain us in these times. Just as we might reach out to another human being in our difficult times, we reach out to God who is faithful to us even when we aren’t faithful to God. I will continue to pray for you during this time. I would recommend that you might seek spiritual guidance from someone who can hold your story with respect and compassion and to help you find that meaning in life and help you to make sense of it all, with God’s help of course.

Praying for you in the darkest moments of life,

aka. Fr. Santo, C.Ss.R.