If we ever feel alone in our suffering, we need only look to the Cross.
Discipleship means choosing Jesus above everything else, even the good things.
There is nothing we can do to change our status as sons and daughters of God.
I had a choice: check the boxes and tell myself that everything was fine, or do the hard thing, engage my problems, and try to grow. This is a choice we all face.
As we enter more deeply into this season of Lent, let’s pray to God that he might grant us the grace to follow him to the Cross, whatever the Cross might be in our lives. Let us pray for the grace to do the hard thing, because it is in these little sufferings and sacrifices that we will find our closeness to Jesus and our salvation.
Our Lenten penance ensures that we do not let idolatry take hold in our lives.
We cannot effectively preach the Gospel until we remove the beam from our own eye.