Thank you Allison Gingras (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) for another opportunity to re-publish our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting.
Stop for a visit now (and every Wednesday). The gifted writers who post
there each week will no doubt have much of value to offer you.
May you find something of value in this post:
Monday Musings - Go To Bed
(Originally published May 22, 2017)
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I found the following gem some time ago. As I travel to be with my suffering sister, I needed to rediscover and share these words of encouragement.
Obviously, Father Farrell's wisdom should be reflected not only in the lives of those blessed to be members of the Dominican family but among all who believe in a loving, forgiving and merciful Lord:
"Let God tend to the hopeless-looking things. You are a Dominican, a foreigner to worry and quite a close friend of gaiety...It seems to me quite entrancing to be able to pile into bed realizing there is someone as big as God to do all the worrying that has to be done.
Worry, you know, is a kind of reverence given to a situation because of its magnitude, how small it must be through God's eyes...You can't get everything done in a day, nor can you get any part of it done as well as it could be, or even as well as you would like, so like the rest of us, you putter at your job with a normal amount of energy, for a reasonable length of time, and go to bed with the humiliating yet exhilarating knowledge that you are only a child of God and not God Himself."
(Father William Farrell, O.P. from the Shadow of Death by Susan J. English)
Oh, but it is so hard to let go of our worries Lord! Help us to trust You as we ought!
May I ask all those reading this post to storm heaven on behalf of my twin sister Jane, as well as for Christine, the daughter of my Dominican brother and friend, Dick.