What Grace?

So many have asked me over the years how it is possible to find grace when things aren’t going so well for us.

I admit, it is easier to see the grace in every moment when things are lovely and going our way and we have few difficulties.  Yet, grace – God’s own self-communication to us in our day – remains, despite our awareness of what we are feeling or experiencing.

Perhaps St. Elizabeth Ann Seton says it best:  “We know certainly that our God calls us to a holy life.  We know that he gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.” 

How true that is.  We just have to stop asking “What grace?” and accept the grace that resides in the present moment – whatever that moment may be – with faith that it will carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.

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