“In our sufferings, no matter what it is, people can ask the question “Where was God?” in whatever moment, and He was there, with a broken heart, tears in his eyes, weeping and embracing you. The question is did you hear those whispers?”
“If we keep going to God with our prayers & petitions with thanksgiving, constantly to the Lord, surrendering it all to Him, it’s like these guard rails are going up that’s going to protect us from falling into the trap of despair.”
“If somebody walked in the room and told me that they loved them more than me, I’d probably want to punch them in the face. But the reality is that God loves us so much more, He’s got us so much more than I ever could.”
“God wants us to engage, and He is with us, taking that offering of whatever we’re going through, but at the same time, He’s near to us in those moments, in those struggles, that we’re not alone.”
“Us and our five kids, we’re praying for people and we’re offering up what could be tragic up to God, and we’re redeeming souls. Everybody’s praying for a miracle, I tell you what, we’ve already had a miracle.”
When we go to God, it’s not that I need to be afraid to ask for patience, because I’m afraid that if I ask for it, God’s going to give me all these opportunities for me to be patient; that’s daily life. God gives us the grace to be patient.
“There’s this strict call for all of us to remain ordered to the truth of love in our relationship; it’s when we’re abiding in Christ, when we’re united in Him, that’s how we can love rightly. “
Especially in church, there’s a community of believers. Not just on a boat and finding Jesus out there, you can find Jesus on the boat all the time. But there’s a special call for us to go to Mass, to go to church and to rest with our Lord, and to receive him in word and in sacrament.
We don’t go into a doctor’s office, rattle on all our ailments, and then just walk out the door. We tell the doctor what’s wrong, and then we wait and listen to what the doctor has to say, and what the doctor is going to do for us.
Luck implies it’s random happening, that there’s this fairy Lady Luck who flies around waving her wand. And that’s not true. You’re undermining and not giving credit to God, who is the one, the source of all blessings.