A is For Acceptance

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A little boy is telling his Grandma how “everything” is going wrong…school, family problems, severe health problems, etc. Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake. She asks the child if he would like a snack, which of course he does.

“Here. Have some cooking oil.”

“Yuck,” says the boy.

“How about a couple of raw eggs?”

“Gross, Grandma.”

“Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?”

“Grandma, those are all yucky!”

To which the Grandma replies: “Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

“God works the same way. Many times we wonder why he would let us go through such bad and difficult times, but, God knows that, when God puts these things all in God’s order, they always work for good! We just have to trust God and, eventually they will all make something wonderful!”
— Anonymous

[Acceptance is as important a virtue and spiritual practice as it is difficult.  Here are some thoughts on the subject.]

“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.”
— Fulton Oursler

To know when you have enough is to be rich beyond measure.
— Lao Tzu

If you understand, things are just as they are…
If you do not understand, things are just as they are….
— Zen Saying

Jesus said, ‘Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.’
–Mark 14:36

PRAYER

O God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
the courage to change the things I can
and the wisdom to know the difference.
— Reinhold Niebhur

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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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