Upon introducing our series here on STRESS, I began to describe a time in my life when stress had made itself at home—through me, with me, in me. It had crossed the threshold of my heart, where it should never come to dwell, but did. So the mess soon grew, and spread—emotionally, physically, spiritually. And it was the spiritual (that is, my faith) that served as cornerstone for me… that which would either cause me to crumble (due to years of neglect) or would hold me up and save me from total ruin (only with God’s grace).
You see, this cornerstone of mine had not been cared for properly; which later allowed cracks to develop within my foundation… A major structural flaw that went unnoticed until the heaviness of the weight within—caused by stress itself (plus all it brought, and stole)—revealed my need for much repair, due to what I had been missing all along [once no longer a child, or child-like]… my lack of TRUST.
The major obstacle to trust is fear;
Jesus tells us: “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” [Matthew 7:24-27]
the only antidote is trust.
–Dr. Bryan Thatcher
But when I saw how strong the wind was, I became frightened, and began to sink… O me of little faith–why did I doubt?! [see Matthew 14: 30-31]. Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me! [Luke 18:38].
For our Lord says: No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other… Therefore I tell you, do not worry… Is not life more…? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious… O you of little faith? So do not worry… Your heavenly Father knows [what] you need… But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow… [see Matthew 6:24-34]“TotalRelianceUponSavingTruth”−EADM
While Jesus fully understands the reality of our human needs, He warns against letting anxious concerns enslave us. Unfortunately for me, though, stress was already having its way with me (heart, mind, & soul), leading me to accept lies [you must not matter; you’re too small; nothing you’re doing helps; it’s hopeless], instead of Truth [I will not leave you orphan; I will come to you; I will never forget you… upon the palms of My hands, I have engraved you.]. And then, because I could no longer see, hear, or feel my Lord, I began to think God no longer saw, heard, or felt me either. Yet I couldn’t give up because my prayers were not about me/for me, but for those I dearly love! So I reached for something—for someone—and held on for life… I clung to the Rosary and our Blessed Mother!
Call on Mary with the faith and abandonment of a child. She will bring peace to your soul.” /// “All the sins of your life seem to be rising up against you. Don’t give up hope! On the contrary, call your holy mother Mary, with the faith and abandonment of a child. She will bring peace to your soul.” /// “So your strength is failing you? Why don’t you tell your mother about it? …Mother! Call her with a loud voice. She is listening to you; she sees you in danger, perhaps, and she—your holy mother Mary—offers you, along with the grace of her Son, the refuge of her arms, the tenderness of her embrace… and you will find yourself with added strength for the new battle.” –St. Josemaria Escriva
Little did I realize then, this home (heart) of mine would one day, on the Feast of the Presentation ’13, be consecrated to Jesus through Mary, thanks be to God! …ongoing repairs & all. His. Abide, my Lord.
Jesus, I trust in You; help my un-trust.
Be my Cornerstone!
…where we now arrive at the true reason for me wanting to do this series:
The One & Only Divine Mercy—A Person, A Message, A Devotion…
A Way of Life!
…with much more yet to come as we keep “Kicking Stress to the Curb!” which of course will include that which relates to my actual profession [diet & exercise].
Meanwhile, may you be blessed abundantly this Divine Mercy Sunday (4/27/2014), upon the canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII!! Be Not Afraid!
©2014.–The Way to Nourish for Life [E. Frank, RD].