No Guarantees

Something to think about | Just because I am trying to do God’s work with every ounce of my being, is no guarantee that my plans will prosper. There is no guarantee that an effective Christian disciple will not be cut down in his prime. ` There is no guarantee that because you have given yourself to a Christian marriage, your oneness will be lasting.  That because you love God deeply, you will not lose your job, your home, your family, your health ”¦ there is no guarantee that because you believe, you will not doubt; because you hope, you will not despond; because you love, your love will not grow cold. . . . In this sense there is a Christian frustration, a Christian failure.

You do your Christian task as God gives you; the rest, the increase, is in His hands. God still uses what the world calls foolish to shame the wise, still uses what the world calls weak to shame its strength, still uses what the world calls low and insignificant and unreal to nullify its realities . . . In this sense, there is no Christian frustration and no Christian failure.

Walter Burghardt, SJ

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