When I doubt myself, I doubt God
Diocese of Lansing catechesis director, Tim Carpenter, explains that the best trick the devil has is to make us doubt God. Doubt God? Who would do that? And yet, even as Tim was explaining how this happens to us all of the time, I was sitting there doubting God. Not convincing myself that He did not exist, but doubting how much He loved me and how much potential He could see in me to live with His light. The devil loves doubt. He lives there. He loves when we gossip about each other and the thorny, prickly words that come back to us leave tiny wounds on our soul. It stops us dead in our tracks and makes us feel small and lonely and worthless. Wounded.
That is exactly what the devil wants. He wants you to feel confused, angry, anxious; unable to find joy and happiness, or even worse, unworthy and left out.
As parents, it is difficult to see your child struggle because they are growing up in a world that is wounded and people gossip. It is easy for children to feel sad and lost or to assume the only way to protect themselves is to get smaller and close up. We find ourselves either wanting to aggressively stop what is happening to our children or just do our best to listen, but never really get to root of the problem. Growing up can be so hard.
It is important for our children to be ready and for us to give them the tools they will need to battle when life is hard.
¨ Pray for people who are struggling with sin. Yes, even the ones who are hurting us.
¨ Never doubt that God can get you through ALL things
¨ The spiritual world is powerful; filled with an army of saints. Ask for all of the love you need
¨ Use your time of doubt to quietly get stronger; to remember that we are preparing for a greater purpose when we will need to understand pain and struggle
¨ Have faith that this will pass and the pain is only temporary
Easter is about remembering that Jesus died for us to be connected back to God. That even though we all have original sin, we are humanly able to reconnect with the Divine. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice and joy and happiness are the gifts we received. That is what life is about. Battle against self-doubt. Fight your way out of it so that we can truly be the “Light of Christ.
Anne Atkin, Principal