As some of you may know, lately I’ve felt like I’ve hit a wall. And not just once, but like, I kept plowing into the same stupid wall fifty times. So I needed something to change. So this week, I decided to spice up my spiritual life with the wonderful Blessed is She Study Guide. And boy, has it been enlightening so far. I feel like sharing my reflections would be in keeping with my last post on being unfiltered in a filter culture.
So here we go.
Why is it that we only seem to turn to faith in times of trial? God is always there, watching over the good and the bad days, our triumphs in addition to our failures. Why are we quick to ask for help and complacent when everything’s going great?
I am pretty lucky to have so much at my fingertips. I can access all kinds of information, communities, and inspiration from my phone. I am blessed enough to go to a Catholic college where the next Mass is never too far away (both in terms of time and distance). I have beautiful friends with whom I can talk about anything. I don’t think my faith has anything serious to fear.
As awesome as all those are, having so much within easy reach doesn’t do anything to exercise my faith, like any other muscle. I have to work on it to feel it grow. We want love, faith and happiness to dispense from the sky at the push of a button, just like we all want to get in shape by surviving on ice cream and movie marathons (I’ve tried).
Real faith isn’t just sitting around, passively waiting for that door to open. It necessitates some kind of action, which will empower it to act again.
And it’s hard to go out on that limb just as your body hurts when you start a new workout. As my girl Flannery O’Connor said, “[People] think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. It is much harder to believe than not to believe.” It is messy and it is a challenge. But I think it is worth it.
But isn’t even a small start better than no progress at all?
I am a tiny seed, but I can make waves, and I usually do it by way of curiously mixed metaphors. ☺
For any Catholic women out there looking for inspiration, I recommend checking out Blessed is She’s Instagram and devotionals.