Perhaps the greatest hardship of pain and suffering occurs when we convince ourselves that we are alone, that everyone, including God, has forgotten about us and we must face this dark period in isolation from the rest of the world.
However, as months pass and we reflect on those moments with fresh eyes we slowly begin to realize that we were not alone. God was indeed very close to us. Even the most darkest and violent periods of history reveal this to us. How could humanity survive any of the countless tragedies she has faced and will continue to face, if there were not a loving God behind it all, holding back the gates of despair and anarchy from erupting upon the earth?
Jesus’ words to his disciples in the midst of their fear, “It is I; do not be afraid.” (Jn 6:20), are much more than an affirmation that everything will be alright. They are the proclamation that it is Jesus Christ who is the ultimate authority in the universe. It is He who conquers every tragedy, every disaster and every act of violence.
It is true; we are never alone, especially in our moments of pain and suffering.
Br. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR
St. Leopold Friary