Lord, sometimes your truth is too hard to hear. Is the cost worth it? Will I be happy doing all this? If we never ask these questions, With Francis we say
There is no room for a sugarcoating discipleship.
When we surrender our will to you, the cross becomes our companion.
It’s tough to risk reputation, to walk away from a friendship, to start over,
or be misrepresented because we value faithfulness to you above all else.
Why are we always surprised when we suffer from the truth?
You tell us this reality is inevitable.
Do I need it to be saved?
Do I really want to make this long distance run for you?
we simply drift as a hostage shackled to the ups and downs of life.
Lord, help us to remember
that you did not redeem us with words or actions.
You did it with your flesh.
You become one of us, to heal us from within.
Let our daily focus be on accepting the grace and healing that comes from you.
Lord, we place all of our hopes in you.
We trust that our cross will create a space for you to dwell.
And there we will experience a peace and a fulfillment
that brings meaning to what otherwise could be senseless suffering.
Lord, sometimes your truth is too hard to hear.
Is the cost worth it? Will I be happy doing all this?
If we never ask these questions,
With Francis we say