Real Catholic Beauty, is finding the beauty in tragedy
By Rita Davidson
DO you shrink from crosses? Did I just hit a nerve with that question? I bet I did. Perhaps it’s that diagnosis your waiting for that is scaring you? Or maybe it’s the future of your children, and what will happen to them?
Some of us look out to the world, and see the mother taken from their children, or the terror around the world making so many Christians suffer. Some days the tragedies hit so close to home, we catch our breath and try to not get paralyzed with fear.
We’ve had our own tragedies, besides learning to carry our many daily crosses, like the challenges of living with three boys with autism, we also suffered the loss of our home in a devastating house fire. Just barely getting out alive our life becomes much precious and well, fragile.
When I was in my 30’s, my health wasn’t so great, but my outlook was pretty good. Once I hit my 40’s, death seemed to loom at my door. First, with my best friend, Anne, passing away at 52 years, two children behind. Then losing our oldest children from the faith, that was a blow I will never fully recover from. My own mother’s cancer scare, hit close to home. After our fire, I lost my other best friend Susan as she worked so hard to help us.
Suddenly death is right there – so real.
After our fire, the veil between death seemed even thinner. Now I regularly look at my life and judge my actions, my choices, my belongings and more on that one golden thread – Death.
There is a sorrow about life, the undercurrent of our days, this ‘valley of tears’. The beautiful wind that is caressing me outside at the park while I write this. The sparkling sun shining down on me that I have waited all winter to see again. All this will one day be gone and replaced with our heavenly reward. What WILL be OUR heavenly reward?
When we are in the throes of life, we often have our head so far down, we don’t think to look up. When crosses come and take the breath out of our soul and take away our will to live, where do we get the strength to go on again?
If we haven’t trained ourselves to look up, how will we ever know HOW to find God? UP is the only answer when tragedy hits our life. God in His mercy loves us with an unending love. His love was so immense, you can see Him on the cross looking at YOU. Can’t you? This is the same God that is asking you, What WILL you DO for ME?
SO many of us are too busy asking, WHAT CAN I GET AWAY WITH?
The beauty in tragedy only comes when we finally look UP and see this tragedy is really the golden thread God is using to draw you to HIM.
Think of your life like an inside out shirt. As we suffer today, and struggle to know why, we are only really seeing the seams. Those rough edges of our life that seem so out of place.
It is only by developing TRUST now, that God will finally show you that final garment He is preparing for you. Those tragedies suffered for LOVE of HIM will be the golden thread holding all those seams together. What is so painful now, will be your greatest achievement in HEAVEN.
So dig deep in HIM and find your strength to persevere. True Catholic beauty is finding the beauty in tragedy.
What are you suffering today, that you don’t understand? POST BELOW, so I can HELP you understand these golden threads.
Rita xo 🙂
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Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!