Every one of us has a list of serious concerns right now, (or what we call problems). Having problems is simply part of being human. Believe it or not, everyone, no matter how it may appear, has problems, concerns and cares.
So there is IMMEDIATE HELP to help us deal with our problems.
- First, turn to God right now in prayer and trust, with blind faith, so that He will help us right now with our problems. It may not be instantaneous, but He will show us a way to get through what we are now experiencing.
- Then, put these problems in perspective, so that you stop worrying and have PEACE right now. That is what this article is about.
I am worried right now about;
- Our pope, cardinals, bishops, religious, priests,
- Our Church,
- Our country,
- Our president,
- My family,
- My marriage,
- Our children, grandchildren and godchildren,
- Our friends,
- My health,
- My finances,
- My job,
- My soul,
- My Temptations,
- My vices,
- My past,
- My future,
- My schooling.
Now take time to go over this list and write down exactly what it is that you are concerned about this problem. Then put your worries in order, according to how serious or urgent the problem is.
Then go over this list, starting with the worst problem, with these criteria.
- Am I absolutely sure this problem will happen? When?
- Do I have the resources, knowledge and intelligence to handle this problem?
- Is there a solution I have forgotten about?
- Who can I get to help me with this problem?
- Am I making my problem bigger than it really is?
- When will I begin, (not procrastinate), to deal with my problem?
- Is this problem something I have no influence over and need to let go of?
- When I worry about this problem, do I pray to God, Mary, the Angels, saints for help?
- Does fear keep me from confronting my problems?
- Are my fears realistic?
- Have I overblown the problem?
Now you need to come up with a Godly attitude about the situation, or problem, you are so worried about. Here is an example. Say you are worried about your husband who has left you. A Godly attitude will tell you to do all you can to be reconciled, but keeping in mind that you only can control your own actions, not his.
The other very very important ATTITUDE to have is reminding ourselves that we only have this moment right now. Ww have ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER WHAT COULD HAPPEN THE NEXT MOMENT. Yes, we have control in the sense that we can make wise decisions right now on how we will live the next moment, but in all truth, we only have this moment. We could die right now. The people causing the problem could die, move, change their mind, repent, at any time too. We worry so much about perceived problems that never end up occurring.
Be not therefore solicitous for tomorrow; for the morrow will be solicitous for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:34.
The passage that comes right before this shows how to avoid problems and to receive from God what we need.
Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.
If we are seeking to serve Christ the King first in our life, then all else will eventually fall in place for our good.
So let us live in the present moment and right now, (and better yet, enjoy it), and stop worrying about the future that we have little to no control over. God’s grace is sufficient for the present moment.
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
— St. Teresa of Avila
Please keep your list of problems and concerns. A week, a month, a year later, review it again. You will be very surprised that most of what you were concerned about never came to anything and that somehow or other you pass through the rest, (hopefully with prayer for God’s help, good decisions and actions and the help of good people).
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know, that in the end, God is incharge and will take care of us and bring good out of all our sufferings and problems. We are truly in HIs loving hands.
We also want to be there to listen to others who are going through difficult times and to give them Godly answers for their seemingly impossible situations. Maybe you can send this to someone you know who is going through a hard time right now. I have appreciated so much when people just listen to what I am going through. I do not expect them to fix my problem. I just appreciate that I was able to share my worries with someone else who cared.
Above all, pray for those who are going through difficult situations and problems.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.