• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Monday, 31 July 2017 10:11

When the going gets tough - a reflection

 

Fr Joseph Reddy Dondeti SVD 150By Fr Joseph Reddy SVD

One of the faithful religious nuns who was present on my farewell day from a mission experience I took part in during 2010 dropped a card into my hands which is for me an all-time inspiration: “Life is a journey consisting of different steps of staircases. Whenever you get to one set of stairs, there will always be a platform leading to another. Don’t get discouraged on the way. Take every step as a challenge and move forward”. These words of encouragement and zeal kept me going even when the going got tough.

My trust and confidence in the Lord made me think, “As I move forward each day, I don't know what the future holds for me, but I know who holds my future and all its happenings”. If I had to face troubles and difficulties on the journey and everything seem to stand against me, I realised that I am not alone. What I have at that moment is only water, but I believe it’s Jesus who can make that water into wine. The wine – of encouragement, bliss, happiness and abundance of grace.

Staircase 350As the going gets tough, I am often reminded of a saying from the Bible, Psalm 32:8, which says: “I will guide you along the best path for your life”. I am sure Lord would say to me, “I will definitely come down and do something that is fitting for you. Just pull up a chair for me, I will be there with you to share your worry and eat with you. I will console, help, heal you and show you a way out”. However, when our Lord says, “I will walk with you and I will be with you,” I need to understand very concretely that the Lord can’t live my life.

I have to live my own life and to live means to face all that anguish, pain, many worries and ultimately the destiny of life. His grace and thoughtfulness is so enormous, it can wipe out the negativity to show-case life with fine experiences. The love of God is profusely experienced within my reach - in the concern of the people surrounding me, in the care that is rendered to me and the presence of the well experienced and well lived lives of legendary missionaries and their lives which drench my timid mind with much needed courage and turn my tough-going into a challenging task of facing the future. Because I believe there is nothing impossible in life when I can make that impossibility a challenge that I can conquer.