I remember talking to Fr. Michael, my parish priest, about Hope. This was all before Conference, when I sought to learn as much as I possibly could about Divine Hope and about Lamentations. I remember something he told me very well — that, it is not until you experience Hopelessness, that you can fully understand what it means to Hope.
I remembered our conversation, and this line, and had a brief moment of clarity. I looked back on my life, and all of the hopeless situations in my life. I remembered feeling absolutely hopeless in college, questioning if I’d wasted 4 years of my life studying things I didn’t understand. I remembered feeling hopeless before my parents joined CFC. I remembered feeling hopeless when I got emails about the change in CFC leadership.
I remembered these things and the disparity I felt. And the pain of confusion that comes with not being in communion with God. I remembered the questions that had no answers — the finite human mind trying to finite-ly frame the infinite perfect plan of the Lord.
I remembered all these things and breathed a sigh of relief and of peace. Because in every desperate moment in my life, I have cried out to the Lord, and He has heard my pleas. It is in these incredibly hopeless moments that the Lord was closest to me.
There is no prayer that He has not heard and answered. I can’t explain that. Our own human intellect is always prone to justifying things against the workings of the Lord.
Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, noted that the human mind will always seek to rationalize the unexplicable plan of God. It will always come up with a million and one reasons to believe whatever it can mentally grasp. But that is where Faith comes in. We believe in things unseen, no matter how irrational they are to the human mind. Scripture tells us that we are “citizens of Heaven”, and we should see above what the World tells us and trust fully in God’s plan.
I’ve been a Full Time Worker for this community for 3 years and I know that while I seek answers just as everyone else, what our community really needs right now is to simply love. We need to love each other, love our families, our leaders, our households, even our enemies… We need to come before each other in humility and honesty, and pray as One Body. We need to spread love and make it contageous. For Scripture tells us that if we do not have Love, then we are simply a noisy gong.
I have been a noisy gong
full of hopelessness and the world’s intellect.
May I continue to lament for mine and my community’s broken covenant. There is no prayer that is unheard. And even in the present time, as we dwell in our own humanness, God is still concerned with us, with me, with you. And he continues to be absolutely fascinated with us. We have no choice but to Love.
Love is the answer.