Daily Meditation for April 27, 2020

We’ve probably all heard the phrase, “Take control of your life.” It’s good advice, but only to a degree. We do need to take responsibility for ourselves, for our inactions as well as our actions. But our sense of responsibility can easily become overgrown. Although we do have an important role to play, we are, in the end, not responsible for the final outcome. If the pandemic we are currently experiencing teaches us anything, it must surely teach us that we are not in control. We are able to take certain precautions, protecting ourselves and others by following the directives of health care professionals, but doing so does not guarantee our safety or the safety of those dear to us. In the end, we must acknowledge our vulnerability and helplessness. We will know peace of mind only if we surrender our illusion of control and trust that the will of God for us is fullness of life. Then, with Julian of Norwich, we will be able to say that “All shall be well.”

by Delores Dufner, OSB