Sunday Devotional: In times of trouble, remain faithful and be persistent

Psalm 121:1

I raise my eyes toward the mountains.
From whence shall come my help?

In trying times, have we not all felt Psalm 121‘s desolation and despondency?

Yesterday, I received news that a beloved priest had passed.

Father Richard was a brilliant man, blessed with a sharp mind, ironic wit, and facile in social interactions — rare attributes in priests and any person. After a lifetime as a History professor, he answered the Call and became a priest. He was my Confessor, to whom I made my tear-drenched Confession 14 years ago and so reconciled myself with God and the Church after decades of wanderings.

Hearing that he had passed, I broke down weeping — not for Fr. Richard, for I know he is in Heaven, conversing with Erasmus, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the other brilliant intellects of the Renaissance whom he had studied. My tears were for myself, for I am still here, in this wretched world, bone-tired and battle-weary in this endless spiritual and political war, the stakes of which only mount by the day . . . .

Not coincidentally, the answer to Psalm 121‘s and my cris de coeur is in today’s Scripture readings. May you find in them the same solace and encouragement I found.

2 Timothy 3:14-4:2

Beloved:
Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed,
because you know from whom you learned it,
and that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures,
which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is inspired by God
and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction,
and for training in righteousness,
so that one who belongs to God may be competent,
equipped for every good work.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
who will judge the living and the dead,
and by his appearing and his kingly power:
proclaim the word;
be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.

Armor of God I can do all things through Christ

For we are told —

Luke 18:6-8

The Lord said,
“…Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

footstepsSee also “Sunday Devotional: He will never break your heart“.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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7 responses to “Sunday Devotional: In times of trouble, remain faithful and be persistent

  1. Peace, Friend! ❤️

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  3. We find ourselves in very troubling times, with little end in sight. There is no warning or admonition that could possibly be of greater value to each of us than . . . . . . “in times of trouble, remain faithful and be persistent.” It amazes me that each Sunday Dr Eowyn is able to pull advice out of our universe that is exactly what I need to be reminded of. I have little doubt that angels attend her in her efforts to shepherd all of us.

    Dr Eowyn, God Bless you.

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  4. There are certain people who pass on and we just know they are with Our Lord. (My parents are two of them.) Yet our struggles down here continue. I’ve found the monotony of what I’ve been going through to be wearing me down, bit by bit….
    But we are NOT ALLOWED to quit. Education doesn’t win the race: I am not rewarded, but scorned, for my learning. Talent doesn’t really matter, in that the world is full of unrewarded talent. Perseverance and endurance alone are omnipotent and win the race.
    God Rest Fr. Richard’s soul. And let us pray, also, for more vocations of good men: We’re going to need them.

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  5. My condolences to you Dr. Eowyn on the passing of your dear friend and spiritual mentor. Do not grieve the passing of Fr. Richard, instead rejoice that he lived a long life devoted to the Lord and touched many lives. Rejoice that God blessed you with him in your life so that he could steer you towards Christ. Take the gift of Jesus that Fr. Richard helped you to embrace and cherish it. That gift is the one thing no one can ever take from you.

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  6. Thank you, Auntie LL and MomOfIV, for your kind words.

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  7. William Brandon Shanley

    My heart and prayers are with you “in this wretched world, bone-tired and battle-weary in this endless spiritual and political war, the stakes of which only mount by the day . ..” Do not forget.

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