What makes the hard times “worth it”?

The days are getting longer. It’s so wonderful to wake up to a hint of the sun still yet to rise, and to look out the window after supper and still have plenty of daylight.

The word “Lent” comes from an Old English word for “spring season”. And as each day is longer than the one before, it’s like hope is growing as we get closer and closer to Easter.

But before we can celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we remember the Sacrifice.

As Catholics we don’t shy away from the death of Christ. Instead we embrace it – with the Corpus on the cross at the front of our church, we don’t gloss over the pain.

The celebration of Easter would have far less meaning without the suffering that comes before. In the contrast is where we find opportunity to grow in our faith and gratitude.

This morning I had a long conversation with a friend who is going through a very painful time right now. There is no avoiding it. He told me “There is no way around this. The only thing I can hope for is that in three months or six months I will somehow see that this was all worth it.”

“And what if that doesn’t happen?” I asked him.

He had no answer. 

We have the advantage of KNOWING that after Lent comes Easter. We know how this plays out. But we don’t know what comes next for us when we are going through hard times in our lives right now.

We have faith, though. We have each other. And I’ll be praying for you.

Love to all,

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