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Praying to be Stronger




Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger people. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your tasks. -Blessed Solanus Casey


The above statement from Blessed Solanus Casey is one that I often reflect on. More so when I'm dealing with more than a few challenges on a daily level. They speak to a deep trust in God to give us much needed clarity and strength in the world. More so in the face of limitations that we may have.


Sometimes it seems like the task going forward feels almost impossible to understand. We are thrown things that by all points and reasons should knock the boat over and throw us into the water. Still we are able to find a way to keep the boat upright. More so when it seems like those challenges are endless and keep coming at us. Yet by seeking the Wisdom that God offers us. We can find an inner strength that allows us to do things even we didn't think we could do.


It can feel at times that the best way to take care of things is the easiest. To avoid our responsibilities when they seem too complex for us to understand. Yet if we are willing to seek out God. The more difficult path can in turn be the most rewarding for us. By embracing the challenges head on we find out that things are not always as bad as they look.


One of the greatest personal prayers that I have: "Lord, Grant me Strength, Wisdom, and Courage." This prayer ties in to what Fr Solanus speaks of. At times we can be on top of the boat riding out the storm. Then we have days when we are hiding below decks holding on for dear life. We want the storms of our lives to end. Perhaps it would be better for us to ask God to give us the strength to face those storms head on. Even when it seems extremely difficult to do. -


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