From time to time, I find myself hitting the “Next Quote” button under the “Words of Wisdom” over and over, looking for the right words for the situation in which I’ve found myself. Some of the quotes have stayed with me longer than others. This week, I want to reflect on some of these important (to me) quotes.
First up is one that you’ll all know:
“And all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” — Juliana of Norwich
This is important to me because I can fairly easily get distressed by the state of the world and the state of the Church. I look around at the wars and rumors of wars, at the poverty and famine that stalk too many lands and the bigotry and hatred that seem to thrive everywhere and I get very glum indeed.
Recently, a friend told me that she enjoyed working with the Jesuits “even as you are dying out.” She wasn’t being mean, but simply expressing the truth as she experiences it. But it was truly disheartening for me.
And, then, I found myself thinking of those words of Juliana and knowing that she wrote them in the middle of a plague helps me a lot. I am reminded yet again that, fundamentally, I am an optimist because of Jesus Christ and the Resurrection.
I can’t measure anything important within the framework of my time and my experience. I’ll [try to] let it all unfold in God’s time and in God’s way.
[Image by Evelyn Simak under the Creative Commons License]