Doubt is something that we’ve all experienced at one time or another. Could it be that it isn’t the doubt we are experiencing but that our Faith is wavering? This is possible, for often especially in the fast times we live today, it is an instant type of gratification that we have grown to expect. I know from my own personal experience that I have battled with doubts and my Faith. I, then turn to the Word Of God:
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways
James 4: 7-10 says, “purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Faith is belief without doubt. We all have the gift of “free will” and are able to discern for ourselves if we choose to believe. Jesus said, “Do not be afraid; only believe ”
Whenever I have feelings of doubt overcoming me, I am called to re-read the prayer hanging on my bedroom wall. The Trust Him prayer, this gives me an inner peace and only serves to make me not only stronger as an individual but stronger in my Faith.
Trust Him when dark doubts assail thee, Trust Him when thy strength is small, Trust Him when to simply trust Him, seems the hardest thing of all. Trust Him, He is ever faithful, Trust Him, his dear will is best, Trust Him for the Heart of Jesus is thy surest place of rest. Trust Him,then, in storm and sunshine ALL thy cares upon Him cast, Till the term of life is over, And thy trusting days are past.
“Sacred Heart Of Jesus, In Thee I Place My Trust“
O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from thy sublime height turn upon thine eyes of pity. Filled with confidence in thy goodness and knowing full well thy power, I beseech Thee to extend to me thine assistance in the journey of life, which is so full of dangers for my soul. And in order that I may never be the slave of the devil through sin, but may ever live with my heart humble and pure, I entrust myself wholly to thee. I consecrate my heart to thee forever, my only desire being to love thy Divine Son, Jesus. Mary, none of thy devout servants has ever perished; may I too be saved. Amen.
Today we celebrate the feast day of the Immaculate Conception and the debut of this blog. How befitting to debut on a day that we honor her who gave us the greatest gift of all, our Savior, her son, Jesus.
I am not sure of the journey we will share on this blog, I am convinced that I am compelled to write about my faith and how it plays a crucial role in my life and I pray that I am guided by his mercy as I put forth the words needed to fill the pages to come.
My journey, like so many has been one of heartache and jubilation. It is my faith that has gotten me through even the most darkest of hours. For me, Mary, represents the ultimate Mother. One who has the ability to see past our faults and mishaps, one who is able to give us the kind of love so many of us seek, one that is unconditional.
I am in awe of the faith she displayed as she was called upon by the angel Gabriel, a messenger from God, that she was to bring forth his son and she did not waiver but graciously said yes to the word of God. Mary’s life was forever changed that day and she lived a life like most of us, one filled with joy and sorrow.
We are called to imitate her and to bring Jesus into the world; doing so we too shall suffer but it is our decision to either follow her example by living a life full of grace or succumbing to a life full of sin. I, pray to follow her lead and can only hope that I too, can continue to proclaim God’s greatness, knowing that he will be forever watchful if we keep our hearts open to his word. Luke 1:53 states:
The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.
I find comfort in the words of St. John Vianney as he states,”Mary’s heart is so loving towards us that the hearts of all other mothers taken together are but a piece of ice in comparison.”
“Lord, thank you for your Blessed Mother! May I imitate her virtues and call upon her to help me walk with you.”