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Paradoxes of Life

In my spiritual reading this evening, I came across this statement.  I thought it particularly interesting and it most definitely stuck out to me.  I am currently reading A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: Welcoming the Soul and Weaving Community in a Wounded World by Parker J. Palmer.  It was a book that I had from a class that I took in college.

The deeper our faith, the more doubt we must endure; the deeper our hope, the more prone we are to despair; the deeper our love, the more pain its loss will bring: these are a few of the paradoxes we must hold as human beings.  If we refuse to hold them in hopes of living without doubt, despair, and pain, we also find ourselves living without faith, hope, and love.

I am not sure about the rest of you, but this is something I see a lot of in my life.  The closer I have been getting to what I have discerned thus far to be where God wants me to be, the harder it gets to really believe that it could be true.  The first paradox is the one that really hits me the most.  Doubt is a cruel things and it lurks everywhere in the world.  Satan does not want us in God’s army and he is willing to do whatever it takes to get you away.  Doubt leaves many people with unrealized dreams that God has given.  I always am praying that as my faith grows and develops in this formation process, the doubt does not increase with it, or that I am able to withstand it. 

What does that quote mean to you? Did it strike you in any way?

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Inner Reflection

 

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A Simple Prayer and Response

Yesterday while recreating in the aspirant community room watching a movie, two poems came to my pen and paper.  The first is a prayer coming from me and the second is one in response from the Lord.  Whether or not He was speaking to my heart, I am not sure.  It is what flowed onto my paper and I love them.

Oh great God, Lord of all

Please hear this my call

My heart beats with love

Have you sent this from above

The yearning is so very strong

To be where I am to belong

Dear Lord I fail to see

How this can all really be

Many times I understand

The passion of this land

Then hurt really creeps in

And the doubt does begin

Lord, strength I need

Give me the words to heed

Without you, lost I remain

With you, love I cannot contain

So please stay at my side

Lord with you I wish to abide

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Dear child, I love you so

This I want you to know

Hard times will be there

Remember that I do care

Carry this your own cross

Count nothing as a loss

As the days go on by

afraSend your sorrows in a sigh

Give them all to me

Spread love for all to see

You are meant for things great

In a world with much hate

Be not afraid of life to come

I know where you are from

Your experience do share

For your heart is full of care

Be patient in all you do

My child, I truly love you

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Creative Corner

 

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It’s Twins! Doubt and Faith!

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Doubt is to be uncertain, to lack confidence in, or to consider unlikely.

Faith is believing in another person, God, something which has no proof, or having complete trust.

Doubt and faith are twins.  This is something that one does not think of often.  They are complete opposites as we can see looking at the definitions.  Doubt is something that is in my mind quite often, more often than I like to think that it is.  With such big choices and discernment in my lap, accompanied by the healing I working on, who is not to doubt the great things God has planned.  Most of my life I have found myself not worth it and doubt.  Faith has always been a part of my life as well.  While we did not talk about it at home ever, I saw it in going to mass and helping out at church.

Doubt can be considered healthy at times.  It shows that we are seriously considering all sides of a story or possibility.  Now, while we doubt, we must also keep faith that what happens is what is supposed to happen.  God has a plan for us, in this we must have faith.  We can ask the questions, which is the doubt, but we cannot let that consume are being.  There is a balance in doubt and faith that must be achieved.  Never though, in all that, lose sight of God and what he has in store for you specifically.

As  have said many times…all I can do it to keep readying myself for formation (and hopefully finally turning in that application).  You have no idea, unless I talk to you often, the changes in my thoughts and feelings that I go through!  Boredom I tell you, is a dangerous thing.  It is where my doubts run far too wild.  That is when this quote comes in handy.  I need to keep faith right by my side when doubt comes in.  It is all going to work out!

How would you interpret this quote?

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.  ~Kahlil Gibran

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2010 in Inner Reflection

 

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