"Satan always takes advantage of [certain moments]; thoughts of discouragement began to rise to the surface: ‘For your faithfulness and sincerity - this is your reward’. How can one be sincere when one is so misunderstood? Jesus... I cannot go on any longer… Suddenly I heard a voice within my soul, ‘Do not fear; I am with you.’ And an unusual light illumined my mind, and I understood that I should not give in to such sorrows. I was filled with a certain strength and left my cell with new courage to suffer. (Diary, 129)"
Have you ever tried your best to be a good Christian, to do the right thing in God’s eyes only to be met with failure, or even disaster? Fear suddenly grips your soul and you think, “What if my faith isn’t real? What if it’s not true??” That is when Satan will always attack us – when we are at our weakest.
Yet this is also when we are called to be strong in our faith – because God has told us over and over again in Scripture, “DO NOT BE AFRAID". One powerful example takes place during the Transfiguration: "When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. 'Get up,' he said. 'Don't be afraid.' When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. (Matthew 17:6-8). We need to feel that same touch of Christ's, and look up to see only Him. We have to internalize that truth because Christ IS the truth; Satan is not. If we study the lives of the Saints, canonized or not, we will find that they all went through dark times, they all were afraid; they all suffered to some extent. St. Faustina tells us that she almost gave up, but she prayed for help. We can do the same!
When you feel afraid, when you are doing “the right thing” but not making progress, TRUST ALL THE MORE! Christ IS with you, and will be forever more…
St. Maria Faustina, pray for us!