Monday, December 17, 2012

All I Can Do

There's a lot I don't know right now.  I don't know what or why or how things have happened or what or why or how to prevent them from happening again.  I don't know if it's right or wrong to start asking certain questions or to talk about laws and healthcare yet.  Lord knows I have a lot of opinions and ideas, sure.  But I don't know.  This internet is a big, big place filled with big, big hearts and big, big minds.  I'll let those big hearts and big minds do that talking.

But I'll tell you what I do know.

I know that God is still in heaven.  I know that all human life is sacred.  And I know that this vocation, mother to these children, wife to this husband, is my primary responsibility and the straightest path I can take in helping to make this world a better place.  These are the things I know.

So right now, when people want answers they'll never get to questions they shouldn't have to ask, when people are lost and confused, downtrodden and overwhelmed, when the world seems too big for my smallness- my small words and small life and small, small experience, all I can do is cling to those things I know.

I can make gingerbread cookies with my children despite my incompetence in the kitchen.  I can continue to advocate against abortion and for adoption.  And I can haul myself and my family to Mass even though wrangling little kids there sometimes sucks.  This is all I can do right now.

Because motherhood as a vocation is my only path to sanctification.

All human life is sacred.

And God is still in heaven.




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27 comments :

  1. "God is still in His Heaven" is my favorite quote. Coming in a close second is "Mary, be a mother to me now!", which is tied with "Jesus, I trust in You,". All three have been in almost constant use these past few days.
    Thanks, Dwija. Xoxo

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  2. Yes. Thanking God for my vocation as a mother and wife and hugging my kids tightly.
    God is still in heaven.

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  3. This is beautiful. <3 Tears.

    You're right. All life is precious. I hope society as a whole can start to realize that.

    Hugs.

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  4. Amen and Amen. God bless us all, God have mercy on us all. And thank the Lord for sending His Son to save us from our sins.

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  5. Yes, truer words never spoken. Thank you.

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  6. Oh, Dwija..you're so on point. Thank you..<3

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  7. Completely true Dwija! Its a total paradox that the little things really do make the biggest deal when you put things in perspective.

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  8. This is by far my favoritest post of yours.

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  9. Amen may god have mercy on us...btw I love your blog!

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  11. I myself have been feeling at a lost for answers these past days. Then God, in His gentle-kindness lead me to a song entitled, "When Answers Aren't Enough, There Is Jesus." Please allow me to share the wonderful and comforting lyrics of the song to all of you:

    When answers aren't enough, there is Jesus
    He is more than just an answer to your prayer
    And your heart will find a safe and peaceful refuge
    When answers aren't enough, He is there

    Instead of asking why did it happen
    Think of where it can lead you from here
    And as your pain is slowly easing, you can find a greater reason
    To live your life triumphant through the tears

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  12. And with those few simple words, you hit the nail right on the head - way more than some of those "big hearts and big minds".

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  13. Yes, I know what you mean. We all (Dads and Moms) need to cultivate this focus. Our culture bombards us with information, and we can respond constructively with prayer, sorrow, and that still mysterious and much needed thing called "solidarity." But we can't solve all these problems. What we can do is love our families, and our *literal* "neighbors," and build up real community starting from where we are.

    We can help one another even on the internet. We can build little places of beauty here too.

    I don't think we should hide from the world's problems. Not at all. We will hear of these things and they will cause us to suffer. Perhaps we can help. Perhaps not. Maybe that small share in the suffering of others is "all" we can do. Still, its meaningful. Its something to *offer*. And that, as it turns out, is the most important thing in life.

    Its true that "God is in heaven." The continually surprising fact, however, is that God is also *here*. God became man, and as man He suffered all the sufferings of history and made them His own. Yes, that sounds great but what the heck does it mean for me? We can only learn the answer to that question slowly, as we live and suffer. And offer everything to Him and with Him.

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  16. Thanks Dwija. I have avoided the news and tried to avoid getting drawn into conversations about why and how. For me, right now, it is enough to pray and weep.

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