Do you ever get nights where it can only be a test from God?
Nights where computers don't cooperate, animals do messy and destructive things to your home, family members turn into rabid zombies on the prowl, and the simplest of things become a trek up Mt Everest? It's so very easy to blame God. It's so easy to become the cosmic whipping boy/girl. It's so easy to forget to pray--instead growling, screaming, complaining to a seemingly disinterested and, possibly, cruel Jesus.
But the facts don't bear this out.
First, the gospel Jesus died for our sins. And, come to think of it, nothing seemed to go His Way on Good Friday. But He loved us anyway, all the way to His Death. Second, the Catholic Sacramental Jesus always forgives, every sin, no matter how shameful, no matter how frequent. Sacramental Jesus also is humbly awaiting our visit in the Eucharist during Adoration; this very same Eucharistic Jesus is the perpetuation of His Perfect Love for us, while we were/are still sinners, in the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass. Thirdly, the Jesus who listens to, and answers, our prayers, is so very patient! Finally, the Jesus in our good neighbor puts up with all of our selfishness, foolishness, and immaturity every day, and still remains our neighbor.
Yes, some nights are tests, but let us pray, and believe, and pass the test.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus, Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Sts. Peter, Paul, Thomas Aquinas, John Paul II, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis of Assisi ...pray for us!