From the Pastor's Desk

Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.

Life is a Gentle Teacher

The lessons she wants to teach us are the ones we need to learn.  Some say they are the lessons we choose to learn before we were born.  Others say they are the lessons that were chosen for us.  It’s frustrating to be in the midst of learning. It is like sitting in algebra class, listening to a teacher explain a subject beyond our comprehension.  We do not understand, but the teacher takes the understanding for granted.  It may feel like someone is torturing us with messages that we shall never understand.  We strain and strain. We become angry. Frustrated. Confused.  Finally, in despair, we turn away, deciding that the formula will never be available to our mind.

Later, while taking a quiet walk, we break through.  Quietly, the gift of understanding has reached that deepest place in us. We understand. We have learned. The next day in class, it’s hard for us to imagine not knowing. It is hard to remember the frustration and confusion of those who have not yet caught on. It seems so easy…now.

Life is a gentle teacher.  She will keep repeating the lesson until we learn.  It is okay to become frustrated. Confused. Angry. Sometimes it is okay to despair.  Then, it is okay to walk away and allow the breakthrough to come.  Help me to remember that frustration and confusion usually precede growth. If my situation is challenging to me,  it is because I’m learning something new, rising to a higher level of understanding.  Help me be grateful, even in my frustration, that life is an exciting progression of lessons...  From the “Language of Letting Go”   Melodie Beattie