For St. Augustine, being aware of God’s plan and God’s purpose for our lives brought great peace to his own heart after years of seeking happiness and peace in everything other than God! Seeing with the eye of the heart is, for him, what faith in God is all about.
Fr. Kolbe served Christ faithfully, in perfect imitation of him, even in his suffering and death. Like Joshua of old, he proclaimed with his life that he would serve God alone and follow God’s ways – and not the ways of the false gods of Nazism, racism, and racial violence.
When we are able to make faith and trust in God a daily habit – a daily way of thinking – we will be amazed when unexpected newness comes to us.
In his book “Let Us Dream,” Pope Francis reminds us that what allows us to experience the newness which faith can bring is to be present to people in their lives and to respond to their needs in the same way Christ has responded – in abundant care and love, just as he shared in the love poured out from the Father.
Sometimes we experience things in life that we don’t understand – at least right away. We may even be taken aback by these things. Rather than dismiss them, we are invited to follow Mary’s example – hold onto them in our hearts with a trust that God will reveal the unfolding plan for our lives.
Especially over the past year, so many of us have experienced losses. God doesn’t take away the pain of our losses but helps us to see through it to the future that God has in mind for each one of us, and for all of us.