Sunday, May 8, 2011

Life Is A Gift

This life of ours (it is here we must begin) is a gift from God. It is not of our choosing. It comes to us by his choice. Since it is of his choosing, it is of his designing. We neither made ourselves nor can we manage ourselves as we would like, nor manage the life that comes to us. For that very reason we can take a most hopeful view of life. If life lay under our own domination, we might well lose courage, seeing the whole burden lying on our shoulders. But the thought that it is his gift and after his design, gives us courage. If to this remembrance of God's creatorship we add the mystery of the Resurrection, we shall take even larger draughts of hope; for not life only but life's triumph lies entirely in the hands of God. Success is not the result of man's power but of divine power. ~Fr. Bede Jarrett, O.P.

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