How Faith Helps in Times of Trial — Press Play Before Reading

Some people have the belief
that every tree, when it burns,
gives back the colors that went into its making.
They see in flaming logs the red of many sunsets,
the purple of early dawn, the silver of moonrise,
and the sparkle of stars.
So it is with us:
what we have accepted into our hearts
and made a permanent part of ourselves
is given back in times of trial.

— Bishop Fulton Sheen

[One reason reading the Bible is so important is that when we are undergoing some difficulty and hardship God’s Word and promises will come to us. Here are two favorites of mine.]

Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Know that I am with you until the end of the age. (Mt28:20)


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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