Think about those times in your life when you have felt inspired to something really great. Where does that inspiration come from?
The Holy Spirit. God inspires us to do great things with our lives.
----Matthew Kelly

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Disclaimer: I am not a theologian, just a Catholic empty-nester trying to figure it all out. The views on this blog are my own.

FMF Writing Prompt: Trial

This is my first time participating in this link-up. I thought I'd give it a try and see how it goes. Kate provides a word every Friday. The writer sets a timer for 5 minutes and writes whatever comes to mind. 


I've mentioned on this blog before that I've been very fortunate not to have many trials in my life. It makes for boring blogs, I suppose. I realize how blessed I am. I know many people who have endured all kinds of trials in their lives.

I'm facing the biggest trial of my 59-year-old life so far. "In sickness and in health"...those were the vows my husband and I spoke some 37 years ago. So far it's been health but over the past year, we've begun facing the not-so-healthy. I never thought I would be in those shoes, yet here I am. 

Fr. Mike Schmitz (The Bible in a Year Podcast--BTW, it's not just for Catholics!) mentioned in the commentary of the last part of the book of Job that "suffering can be redemptive". He goes on to say that suffering is part of a bigger story happening; we don't know what it is, but there is a purpose. I've said that from day 1 of the diagnosis. Well, maybe not day 1 but definitely day 2 or 3. God has a plan; we don't know what it is but complete faith in God is called for. 

I'm trying to not make it all about me. The trial is real, very real. I continue to pray (and ask others to pray) that I receive the grace to accept God's Will and His Plan. 


  1. It's nice to meet you Mary. Welcome. You will sure find community and fellowship here. As someone with chronic illness, I've come to know that suffering indeed can be redemptive. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

    1. Thank you so much, Paula! I'll be praying for you! :)

  2. Hi Mary. Nice to meet you. Another relative newbie here. Just popped by from FMF #36


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