For me, the time of great distress included ending a twenty-year civil marriage, moving to a city where I knew almost no one and arranging to repay more than $100,000 in credit card debt. Maybe yours included illness or betrayal or death. Our lives and those of our beautiful saints, canonized or not, are full of challenges others might consider insurmountable.
There is only one way to survive the times of great distress without our hearts turning bitter and our souls being numbed. We embrace the Cross and cling to the hope of eternal life. We ask for the intercession of those who suffered before us and emerged victorious. We trust in God because it is all any of us or them ever really had—and that trust is all any of us really need.
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