I Am Always Here

One morning I walked into Mass very distracted and anxious. I had many things on my mind: projects due at work, challenges with the kids, financial pressures, dealing with the ex, etc. On top of that, I wasn’t feeling well. It was hard to focus on the Mass. Frankly, I was just going through the motions. After I received the Blessed Sacrament, I was walking back to the pew when I heard it. It was a kind of whisper in my soul that said, “No matter what is going on out there, I am always here.” A feeling of peace flooded over me. Christ was reminding me that, while my life was stressful and unpredictable, His peace was available to me any time I needed it. I could unplug from the craziness of my life simply by coming to Mass. Time could almost stand still. My worries, fears and doubts could be put on hold. The Mass can be the oasis in my desert, a port in my storm. I never forgot it.

Going through a divorce brings on a tsunami of challenges, emotions, and uncertainty. And these typically don’t stop after the divorce is final. There are aftershocks of some kind, often for years to come. You can unplug from all of this at any time by going to Mass. Walking in the doors of the church, receiving Christ, even just being in His presence, is giving yourself a gift. A gift of His peace. A gift you can receive everyday if you need, or wish. Christ and His peace are only as far away as your nearest Catholic church. Claim your gift in the Mass.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. – John 14:27

Originally posted 2013-11-19 11:00:40.

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2 thoughts on “I Am Always Here

    • Janet,

      Life after divorce can be a very lonely time. It is natural to want to reach out and connect with others, especially those that have shared a similar experience. The best places I have found is in your faith community. I would recommend you steer clear of dating relationships until you have received your annulment. Also remember that you are very vulnerable after divorce, so try and nurture relationships with people of the same sex.

      I started a group at my parish after my divorce that was for divorced Catholics. It focused on providing social, spiritual, and educational events. It was a safe place for divorced Catholics to find a community with other divorced Catholics. It was made quite clear that it was not a “singles” group and we did not give out contact information if people requested it. You may want to think of starting something similar.

      I hope that helps!

      Live Abundantly