When we’re experiencing pain, it’s hard to understand why God allows us to go through hard times. One way to think of it is that God won’t coddle us, but he will console and comfort us.
Coddling someone means you treat them in an indulgent or overprotective way, and God won’t do that to us. He gives us freewill to make our own decisions and mistakes and he consoles and comforts us in our suffering.
Consoling means to enter into the loneliness or solitude of another so that they are no longer alone, and comforting means to give strength. So when we go through hard times, we can know that we are not alone, and if we allow God to enter into our suffering, he will make us stronger.
Fr. Mark-Mary often finds himself saying, “Yes this is difficult, but that’s okay.”
Meet Fr. Mark-Mary
Father Mark-Mary was ordained as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR) in 2018 and lives at a friary in the Bronx.
The mission of the CFRs is to wholeheartedly embrace Jesus through fidelity to the Church and her Sacraments. Paired with their commitment to prayer, contemplation, and study of Sacred Scripture, the CFRs serve those around them, especially the poor, in the footsteps of Christ.
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