May 17, 2021

All will be well!

The child climbs up on her mom’s lap. The tears and sobbing wet her face – a new baptism of life… Mom gently pats her back, and the sobs turn to whimpers. “It’s all right. It’s all right.”

The tornado funneled its way through the town and left homes and people devastated. They hugged each other.

Alternatives – sing-a-long ‘A Requiem for a Small Planet’; look for a blanket while the dogs of war dig for treasure. It’s tough out there.

Father Eymard wrote: ‘There is no enjoyment on the battlefield’ (Counsels for the Spiritual Life, 126) which is crowded with misgivings, pain and suffering, doubts and fears. The psalmist cries out, ‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? …. My God, I call by day, but you do not answer; by night, but I have no relief (Psalm 22:2-3).

In our spiritual and temporal difficulties, we look for answers. We look over the fence toward that greener grass – someplace. Looking to what God has promised brings us to the present to know we are cared for.

Now, here is a matter of trust and faith in the midst of turmoil. Consolation germinates from the pages of Scripture. Many times, the biblical cast scripted the words, ‘Do not be afraid.’

And Jesus adds his comforting words; “In the world, you will have trouble but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

In so many corners of spiritual inspiration, we are reminded that God loves us immensely. And from the venerable, Julian of Norwich’s Revelation of Divine Love, a book of mystical reflections, we have the biblical echoes repeated and repeated since time began: “… all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner [of] thing[s] shall be well.”


Huddled stones in shadow-water awaken in the new sunlight, now shining jewels and I, dear Lord, rejoice in your light that all will be well.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.