By Fr. Adam
As the gravity of our new situation began to set in on me a couple weeks ago, I returned to a prayer I came across last year on a visit to the Sisters of Life in Denver. It is the Litany of Trust written by Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, SV.
The weight of this new social, economic, and health crisis has come home to us, but we may also recognize how this situation could become a spiritual crisis. These days will test our relationship with God. Why is He allowing this? How can I pray without the Mass or my Bible study? Why is God asking this of me? What does He want me to do? These, and similar questions, are good questions to ask in prayer. God cares about our concerns and worries. He wants you to ask these questions and to be open to the answers.
Yet we should ask these questions in the spirit of trust. Trust that relies on knowledge of Who God is: the All-knowing and All-powerful One.
Trust that relies on knowledge of what God has done: created the stars and oceans, saved the Israelites from slavery, sent His Son to die so we may live, forgiven our sins.
Trust that relies on the words of Jesus: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest,” “If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it,” “I will not leave you orphans.”
In difficult times, there can be a temptation to turn God into an adversary, slinging our frustrations and questions at Him as if He were indifferent or cruel. God of course is big enough to take our scorn, but our lack of trust can close our ears to His word and our eyes to His movements.
I think of Job who, after losing his livelihood, health, and family, laments that God created him if God only desired to bring devastation to his life. God eventually answers Job saying, “Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its size? Surely you know? Who stretched out the measuring line for it” (Job 38:4-5)”
Job is certainly aware of his own present tragedy, but he has not seen the origin or end of all things. It humbled Job, and should humble us, to know that Love Himself called forth the cosmos and Love Himself wanted us and loved us even before there was a star in the sky. If there is anyone we can trust, it is Him.
The Litany of Trust both reveals areas in our lives where we may be reluctant to trust God and helps us to reaffirm our trust. The days ahead may challenge our trust in God, which means they will also be a great opportunity to strengthen our trust in Him. May this fitting and powerful prayer serve you well.
Litany of Trust
From the belief that I have to earn Your love. Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear that I am unlovable. Deliver me, Jesus.
From the false security that I have what it takes. Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute. Deliver me, Jesus.
From all suspicion of Your words and promises. Deliver me, Jesus.
From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You. Deliver me, Jesus.
From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will. Deliver me, Jesus.
From anxiety about the future. Deliver me, Jesus.
From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past. Deliver me, Jesus.
From restless self-seeking in the present moment. Deliver me, Jesus.
From disbelief in Your love and presence. Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being asked to give more than I have. Deliver me, Jesus.
From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth. Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of what love demands. Deliver me, Jesus.
From discouragement. Deliver me, Jesus.
That You are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me. Jesus, I trust in you.
That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me. Jesus, I trust in you.
That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You. Jesus, I trust in you.
That You are with me in my suffering. Jesus, I trust in you.
That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next. Jesus, I trust in you.
That You will not leave me orphan, that You are present in Your Church. Jesus, I trust in you.
That Your plan is better than anything else. Jesus, I trust in you.
That You always hear me, and in Your goodness always respond to me. Jesus, I trust in you.
That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others. Jesus, I trust in you.
That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked. Jesus, I trust in you.
That my life is a gift. Jesus, I trust in you.
That You will teach me to trust You. Jesus, I trust in you.
That You are my Lord and my God. Jesus, I trust in you.
That I am Your beloved one. Jesus, I trust in you.
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