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Do you feel like some sort of curse has robbed this year away from you? January – a forest fire worsened, an unexpected volcanic eruption took place, a basketball legend died, an outbreak started. March – almost a worldwide lockdown happened, death tolls rose drastically, a pandemic was declared, and the list goes on, right?

Literally, rains, floods, fire, and many more unexpected events shook our lives. We entered 2020 with our game faces on, only to see the world surrendering and declaring its surrender like it’s already done playing games with us.

Reflecting on 2020, we felt limited because our usual way of life changed unwarrantedly, but we learned to attend to hobbies that we may have already forgotten. We deemed it restraining to not be able to celebrate events with friends, but we had time to revisit the sweetness of having few but important people around you.

Although we had a seemingly bad start to welcome the year 2020, the year stretched us so much that it pruned all that inhibited us from gaining more growth.

“Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you. But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.”

1 Peter 4:12-14 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) 

We will never claim a battle won through God if we do not meet any opponents along the way. After all, a fight isn’t a fight without enemies. Each experience is a necessary nudge from the Heavens and a self-check of where we’re at [in our spirituality].

2020 isn’t a “free trial” year. We are subscribed to embrace the daily lessons that it gives us. Here, we ought to grasp the grace of trusting the unsure future – and our one hundred percent cooperation is needed.

As these things are revealed to us piece by piece, we are reminded of how God is speaking to us every day.

  1. He is present in the mundanity

We are challenged to seek God in the ordinary things that we meet every single day. May it be in our household chores, in our news feeds, or even in our regular self-care routines!

  1. He is apparent in the heroic minute

St. Josemaria Escriva explained that choosing to wake up right away the second our alarms go off is a practice of winning the ‘heroic minute’. This small act of committing to not let the snooze button win is a good starting point in allowing God to take over our morning and eventually have complete control of our whole day.

Little by little, we are being called to anchor our hearts to the fact that light will eventually have its time. For now, our full trust is asked of us.

 

Litany Of Trust

By Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, Sister of Life

 

From the belief that

I have to earn Your love

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the fear that I am unlovable

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the false security

that I have what it takes

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the fear that trusting You

will leave me more destitute

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From all suspicion of

Your words and promises

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the rebellion against

childlike dependency on You

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From refusals and reluctances

in accepting Your will

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From anxiety about the future

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From resentment or excessive

preoccupation with the past

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From restless self-seeking

in the present moment

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From disbelief in Your love

and presence

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the fear of being asked

to give more than I have

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the belief that my life

has no meaning or worth

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the fear of what love demands

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

From discouragement

Deliver me, Jesus.

 

That You are continually holding me

sustaining me, loving me

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That Your love goes deeper than my

sins and failings, and transforms me

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That not knowing what tomorrow

brings is an invitation to lean on You

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That you are with me in my suffering

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That my suffering, united to Your own,

will bear fruit in this life and the next

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That You will not leave me orphan,

that You are present in Your Church

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That Your plan is better

than anything else

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That You always hear me and in

Your goodness always respond to me

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That You give me the grace to accept

forgiveness and to forgive others

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That You give me all the strength

I need for what is asked

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That my life is a gift

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That You will teach me to trust You

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That You are my Lord and my God

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

That I am Your beloved one

Jesus, I trust in you.

  

Amen.

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