Juliana Lombardi, C '16


"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed ."
Psalm 34: 19


In my times of greatest distress, I so often forget that the Lord has never left my side. He is always with me, holding my heart in His hands. Much like the man in the famous "Footprints" poem, I question why I cannot perceive God physically, why I only see one set of foot- prints; each time, I am reminded in some small way that these times of sorrow are when My Heavenly Father takes me into His compassionate embrace and holds me the way a father holds his baby so I might no longer fear the world. He holds each one of us to His Sacred Heart in our times of greatest anguish; there is never a moment when we bear the cross alone


Sorrow can be so overwhelming that it is so easy to lose sight of the love that surrounds us. When trials befall us, it is tempting to blame God for allowing us to endure suffering, to curse and scream that life is not fair. It takes a lot of grace and humility to accept the cross that has been given to us; oftentimes, it does not make sense. It is in suffering that we must cast our minds and hearts to Gethsemane and the words of Jesus: "But not as I will, but as thou will it." Surrendering to God's will is so very difficult, because we don't understand the plans He has for us. We have to trust in someone, whom we cannot even physically see, that everything will be alright in the end. It can be scary to surrender. But God will never let us suffer alone. Every moment we are hurting, our pain is in turn borne by Jesus on the cross.


Let God hold you close in your pain; He will never let you go.


Dearest Jesus, in times of sorrow and suffering, help me place my heart in Your hands. Help me to trust in Your plan for me. Amen.

Is 55: 10-11, Ps 34: 4-7, 16-19; Mt 6: 7-15