“No matter how great a man’s afflictions may be, he should always hope in God’s assistance and trust in Him.” –From “Sermon in a Sentence: A Treasury of Quotations on the Spiritual Life; Vol. 5: St. Thomas Aquinas”, pg 135. Selected and Arranged by John P. McClernon.
This message of hope should be repeated in all places, everywhere, in my humble opinion. No matter how low we find ourselves, how lacking in energy or motivation to fight temptation, how far we have fallen into mortal sin…as long as there is breath in us, by the grace of God, we can hope for His assistance, provided we turn from what brought us to our low place and turn TO God with humble and childlike trust. We have all had days where we feel completely drained, or our minds are so utterly busy that we end up treating prayer like a dreaded chore and pushing it aside. We have all had days where we fall into one humiliation after another, or one sin after another, and feel that we have utterly failed and are worthless. The truth is, both of those statements are true. We do utterly fail God, and we are worthless. Without His grace, that is. If we do not seek Him, how can we hope to stand?
Let us remember this, especially throughout this Lenten season when we may feel weakened or overburdened. Look to God, draw close to Him, lean on Him and trust in Him. He will sustain us as long as we hope in Him, Who is the end of all our sufferings here on earth. By the help of His grace, we can rise from our sins and draw closer to Him, which is the purpose and the end of the austerities of Lent.