No matter who you talk to, there will be problems, big ones, painful issues that have to be faced and hopefully dealt with. Yet we live in a world wherein that is often impossible, the knot is simply too tight and intricate.
Then there are health issues of loved ones, personal problems that won't go away, it can seem endless. It is in trying to end all the problems, issues and pain, that we get ourselves in trouble, since it is impossible. Yet the heart can find peace, which comes from trust, which takes a real death to a certain way of life that keeps the heart anxious and at times filled with dread.
How you may ask? Each person has to find his own way in this. Books can help; scriptures as well. However in the end, it is the human heart, opened to the process we call life, and then to make conscious choice to believe that there is meaning behind it all. To choose otherwise is still a choice, both based on assumptions and faith. Each has its cost that go in different directions. One is easier but no less painful; the other can lead to inner healing and the awakening of hope, though the journey hard and arduous.
Br. Mark Dohle, OCSO
Holy Spirit Monastery