“We worry and fret about tomorrow as though our dear Lord had never spoken a word about His divine providence, or proved His loving solicitude for each of us a thousand times a day.” (Fr. Solanus Casey)
Sitting in a radiologist’s office recently, I watched the faces of the people in the waiting room – some showed true concern and you could see that they were worried, probably about the outcome of a test. I had this statement of Fr. Solanus in front of me, and I thought of how to reconcile it with what I was seeing.
What would I say to someone who was worried about their future – how does our faith in Christ give us peace? If we understand Fr. Solanus’ statement about trust in God, does that mean we will be free from suffering?
I think we all know that that isn’t what Fr. Solanus is trying to teach us. He’s trying to tell us what Deacon Bruce Burnham wrote in a homily this past weekend: “Our Christian Faith offers us no illusion that we are a People chosen for exemption from…any form of pain and suffering. It holds no promise of a trouble-free life of easy comfort. It grants us no immunity from evil and its consequences. It makes no exception to the rule of God's judgment. Rather, our Christian Faith provides us with the spiritual equilibrium and the moral stamina and the endurance to face up to the burdens and the fears and the evil days that overtake us -- often in the most unexpected ways. With eyes of Christian Faith, we see things as they are in the light of things as they will be.”
And that’s the key to overcoming worry – that we see things as they are: pain, sickness, financial stress, or any difficulty, in the light of things as they will be “when He wipes away every tear” (Revelation 21:4), and in the light of a loving God who walks with us through it all. To quote Fr. Solanus Casey further on worry: “We must be on guard against this most insidious enemy of our peace and soul. Instead let us foster confidence in God, and thank Him ahead of time for whatever He chooses to send us.”
Ven. Solanus Casey, pray for us!