My Lord, it is time to move on. Well then, may your will be done. O my Lord and my Spouse, the hour that I have longed for has come. It is time to meet one another. —St. Teresa of Ávila, upon her deathbed.Life isn’t easy but have faith. Each trial we endure and surpass brings new life. Just as we survive each Lent and rejoice on Easter Sunday, so to we can let out a sigh of relief as one trial passes, even if it is only for a moment before the next begins. We may dream of a life without crosses, but if there was no suffering, why would be search for life beyond this world? As fallen beings, we would become too comfortable and only seek immediate pleasures without moderation. Instead, we learn to endure our crosses with love and acceptance, knowing that there are reasons beyond our knowledge. There is comfort in knowing that God has the ability to see everything all at once unlike us who can only focus on the micro. The beauty in suffering, is having the faith to recognize that they are not everlasting. That each trial and each pain will pass but can be offered up for other souls who may be suffering more than us. We might not have control over the timeline, but there is faith and hope knowing that God is watching over us as we unite ourselves with His Cross on Calvary through love. "]
It is Love alone that gives worth to all things. —St. Teresa of Ávila
Copyright 2018 Danielle M. Heckenkamp
About the Author
Danielle Heckenkamp is a stay at home mom and freelance writer who lives in Wisconsin with her husband and six children. Danielle writes about her daily experiences as a mom and love for her Catholic Faith. Danielle is the co-author of a nonfiction book about manners and common sense. You can find more of Danielle's writing at Homegrown Living or step inside her daily life on Instagram.