Dear People and Friends of Saint Anne,
Today, I have gathered the inspiring words of some spiritual writers who have written on the topic of trust. Take time to think about them. Take time to pray with them.
Father Ron Rolheiser included an interesting story about himself in an article about a group of social justice advocates who were meeting to discuss various pressing topics of concern. After listening to their discussion for a length of time, he found himself getting upset with them. Yes, of course they were trying to address the needs at hand and that was a worthy thing, but he tells that he didn’t hear in all they said what he called the “Lordship of Jesus.” When he finally entered into the conversation he said he tried to help them see that they were talking as if they needed to save the world, as if everything depended on them. He reminded them that Jesus had already saved the world and the powers of death and darkness have already been vanquished. What they needed to do, he told them, was to live in such a way to show the world that they really believed this!
Rolheiser’s article emphasized his belief that Jesus teaches us the opposite of faith is not so much unbelief and doubt in the existence of God as it is anxiety and fretless worry. Jesus tried to teach that we are not to worry, because there is a Lord in charge of the universe and nothing happens that is outside the scope and care of that Lord. We are in good hands, all the time. God, who is all-powerful and loving is solidly in charge and nothing will happen to which this Lord is indifferent. In his comments Rolheiser is inviting us to a higher level of trust, a belief that good is stronger than evil. He reminds us that we pray in the Creed “Jesus is Lord” and that in that one powerful line we voice our belief with a concrete trust that God has not forgotten about us and our problems. God is in charge and, whether we can see it or not, God is vitally concerned with our lives and all its troubles. God has the power to do anything! It is our task to live out the words we pray in the Creed and the words that Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Father, all things are possible for you.” These words remind us of Jesus’ admonition where he cautioned Martha in the gospel: “Martha, you are anxious about many things!” Are we at this time, like Martha, worried about many things? Yes, but we all know that trusting is hard to do even when we do believe in a God who is Lord of the universe. That is because, Father Rolheiser says, “We project our limited, selective care onto God, and so we feel that God is inadequate because often we are. We feel God has fallen asleep because we occasionally do, and God forgets about us because we have a habit of letting certain persons and things slip off our radar screen.”
Henri Nouwen, the writer whom Father Zavaski quoted at our mission a while ago, said: “Move from the house of fear and journey in trust to the house of love… Trust God and let yourself fall into stronger and safer hands than your own.” Nouwen points out that trust in God is the basis of life. He offers the following thought:
The trapeze artists offer a beautiful image of trust. They have to trust their catcher. What makes their performance so spectacular is the catcher who is there for them at the right time in the right place. Much of our lives are spent in “flying” … but God is there to catch us. Trust in the Great Catcher!
We must trust in God’s plan even when we don’t know what it is -but God knows! We’ve got to trust in God’s plan even if we don’t know how the story ends-but God does! God has it all under control, and he’s busy working at it. We must trust in God’s plan even if we can’t fit all the pieces together. We simply follow God’s lead as only he can do the work of fitting all the pieces together. God can do anything; he is totally capable. Remember — it was God who created the entire universe from the smallest speck to the largest ocean with nothing more than the sound of his voice.
Let us pray often: God of peace and love, I place my trust in you. Give me a peaceful heart that rests in you, and a loving spirit that gives your love to others.
Sister Lauretta Leipzig