There are many people grieving around the world, this Advent.
The headlines give us news that makes us drop our own cares for a moment and, in spirit, we rush to the sides of lamenting mothers to offer our support.
Wars in far-off places are so common that we hardly notice their reports, but we are nevertheless aware of the never-ending suffering of the peoples caught in the war-zones.
Many families around us are caught in emotional storms, especially at this wonderful, but stressful, time of year.
How can we weather the storms?
St. Paul tells us to “Hold fast what is good.”
Find your source of comfort and beauty and cling to it.
He also says, “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Paul challenges us to accept the will of God.
This frees us to become peaceful, as we stop the search for reasons ‘why’ and focus instead on gratitude for what we still have, and for what we may one day have restored.