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RYM Daily Lenten Moment

Day 30 : 'Trying Times'

They say that God loves a trier!

Well I hope that's the case for me!

I don't consider myself to be anything special, any great shakes or doing anything particularly better than the next person.

But I do feel though - that I'm a trier!

I try to give my all in everything that I do - whether it be with my work, or caring for friends and family! I do try!

Life can be tough, it can deal you blows! It can be hard to ride the punches and feel like you're floating on water rather than sinking beneath the waves of life.

It can be painful - it can be lonely. It can take the wind from your sails - it can teach you important lessons.

But God wants us just the way we are. He doesn't want us to pretend we are someone we're not. He doesn't expect us to do things we're not capable of.

God just wants us to try our best to be the person He created us to be.

That lovely quote by St Catherine of Siena is apt here : 'Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire'.

Blessed Mother Teresa also once said : 'He only requires that you try'.

So today let us just try to be ourselves. Let us try to please God by living out our lives the best we can!

Let us try to help others and be kind, patient compassionate and gentle with one another - but also with ourselves!

Life is hard - but don't give up - God is just so happy with us that we keep trying!

Remember 'a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying'!

Paul Murphy is Coordinator of Redemptorist Youth Ministry (RYM).