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THE ANSWER FOR DISCOURAGEMENT

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Tragedies are a common part of the human experience.  The late night knock on the door by a policeman to inform a mother and father that their teenage child was killed in a car accident; the wife who is abandoned by an unfaithful husband; the man who loses his job; people, young and old, that are diagnosed with a fatal illness, these are just some of the tribulations that afflict humanity.  All of these situations cause such personal devastation that people just give up on God and no longer attend church or even pray.

The disciples of Emmaus were devastated by the death of Jesus.  They had concluded that the new way of life that Jesus had started was finished.  The devastation caused powerful negative feelings to cloud their ability to reason and therefore, they could no longer see clearly.  A deep feeling of discouragement crushed them.  Frustrated and disheartened, they left Jerusalem.

As the two disciples were walking back to Emmaus, the risen Jesus appears to them.  Their minds and hearts clouded by overpowering negative emotions did not allow them to recognize Jesus.

How many times, like the disciples of Emmaus, when tragedy and tribulations occur in our lives, are we so overwhelmed by negative emotions that we are unable to see that Jesus is by our side?  We must understand that even in the darkest moments, even though we may be engulfed by irrational feelings, Jesus is there.  He knows what we are going through.  His hand is still there to lift us up precisely because he is risen and not dead.

My dear friends, many times we do not recognize that Jesus is with us because we seek consolations in the things of this world.  We escape from sadness by seeking comfort in overeating, excessive entertainment, too much work and even sometimes in drugs, alcohol, and illicit pleasures.  The overpowering force of emotions are only repressed by these forms of escapes and we forget that the only one who can heal us is the Risen Lord.

Life is not easy.  Especially now.

With these words of Saint Padre Pio let us pray:

“Stay with me, Lord, if you wish me to be faithful to you.  Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for you, a nest of love.

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close and life passes: death, judgment, eternity approaches.  It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will stop along the way and for that, I need you.  It is getting late and death approaches.  I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows.  O how I need you, my Jesus, in this night of exile.

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its danger.  I need you.  I need you.

Let me recognize you as your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.”

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