Today we are told to stand in justice and fear to serve the Lord, but also to prepare ourselves for trials. My grandfather used to tell his freshman students that they will experience at least 3-4 significant hardships in their lives, but the question was: how would they get back up and continue afterwards?
There are many points in our lives that may feel like they are trying to break us; you or someone you know may be going through one right now, but Sirach reminds us that God will protect us along the way.
How do you serve the Lord? What is the importance of getting back up after a hardship?
May God bless you to find the strength and hope to stand strong with your family.
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!