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Difficulties can mark human life

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"Whoever has God lacks nothing, God alone suffices." (St. Teresa of Avila)
 
DIFFICULTIES CAN MARK HUMAN LIFE
 
"Let nothing disturb you: let nothing frighten you. All things are passing: God never changes. Patience achieves all it strives for. Whoever has God lacks nothing, God alone suffices." (St. Teresa of Avila)
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
From the first reading from the Book of Genesis we remember the well-known story of Cain and Abel. It speaks to genuine and lasting aspects of our life in this imperfect world. For one, it concerns the painful reality of hurt and quarrels within families. Is there any family that has not known a situation where a child and parent have not spoken for years, where siblings have cut each other off, where husband and wife just argue and never listen to each other, or where spouses have bitterly separated? Or, as we reflect on today's story, are any of us unfamiliar with the seeming injustices of human life like the way the offerings of Abel and Cain were received? There are so many difficulties that mark human life. It could be estrangement from others; difficulty in living with those closest to us; misunderstandings; questions about how the world works, or even how God and nature should treat us. Family hostilities and problems may be helped by counseling and spiritual direction, but often what's need is for one of us to swallow his or her pride and forgive and be willing to start anew.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: We seem to always be looking for signs from the Lord to help us. Usually what He does within us and for us at Eucharist is not to give extraordinary signs to comfort, or strengthen. Instead, He responds to the least bit of prayerful faith on our part with renewing in us a spirit of peace, hope, and assurance of His love. He even offers new approaches to ongoing problems in our lives. St. Theresa of Avila's prayer book contained a bookmark which she wrote: "Whoever has God lacks nothing, God alone suffices."  Is God enough for you?
 
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