I wanted to share this with you. It comes from Sr. Chittister and really speaks to all of us, as we face stumbling blocks, brick walls as we go through life, the idea is to "keep on keeping on, in the faith." This is one of the questions a reporter put to me this morning in a television interview, "Starting an organization such as this to care for homeless veterans is extremely daunting and comp...licated, not counting the need for financing, etc. How could you even begin to think about this?" The answer came to me instantly, "It scared and scares the dickens out of me, to this day. However, when I looked over my shoulder I was not alone. There are volunteers who have stepped up to the plate who have made reaching this point in the project possible. It still scares me; but, it is a good scare, not a bad feeling at all. I know that I am not alone. First, He is with me, and THEY are all with me. The people of New Mexico have stepped forward. Companies such as Whole Foods and Wal-Mart are there. This is much bigger than me, or us. This is about them, our homeless men and women who not only volunteered but took an oath to shed their blood on our behalf." No matter the roadblock, no matter the issue we must move forward, even if an inch at a time, for them. I hope you enjoy this message which I share:
The problem with life is that it never really gets resolved. What’s more, the same issue that tested our mettle the first time we attempted it leaves us in doubt that we should ever attempt it again. The things that confuse us the first time we deal with them are just as likely to make us wonder about them the second time around as well. Certainty is a chimera. All we know for sure is that what we did last time in dealing with a problem either did or didn’t work. Will the same thing happen again? Who knows?
Faced with something that bested us the last time we met it, the whole thought of dealing with it again can make the heart grow weak. How can we ever dare to think of getting up and going on again? In fact, why even bother to try?
It is doubt that brings us to wrestle with the very foundations upon which our life is built. Can we do this thing? Should we do this thing? Why is this thing even worth trying to do? Why even try to do the impossible—to stretch ourselves beyond the normal, the average, the clearly possible?
And if we try it again and we fail, then what?
The second effort makes or breaks the average person. The second effort either deadens the soul to the rest of life or redefines us to ourselves. The second effort becomes the “I can’t” trap, the point after which we never try again, or it becomes the “I can” truth that lifts us to a new level of courage forever.
The call to live our lives to the pinnacle of truth within us, however impossible it may seem along the way, is a clarion one. We are each here to give our best and give our all in the service of the will of God for us. There is no going back. There is no staying down when we fall down. We bother to get up and try again because we said we would. There is only the answer of Isaiah, “Here I am, Lord. Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
The very act of throwing ourselves into the wrestling match of the soul makes us a beacon of hope for those who come behind us. There is no such thing as weakness for those who are strong enough to keep on trying. ---- Sr. Joan Chittister