Thanks to the Jesuits, particularly the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, it has been instilled in our minds that we should not make major decisions in desolation.
Desolation means that you are emotionally affected about certain situations. And, instead of making rush decisions, you wait patiently until you are in a state of peace.
This is very difficult in normal terms because sometimes, immediate decisions have to be made. At other times, we get too engaged with our problems that we want to remove ourselves from the painful situation right away.
Our spiritual directors and parish priests in the past have mentioned how they deal with “crisis call” from frantic parishioners. They wait for the situation to simmer down. They wait for the parishioner to call them again if the situation is not resolving. In most cases, after a few days, the problem solves itself. With this insight, this is what Patrick and I follow when a “crisis situation” happens.
If we are heavily invested on the situation, we know that we cannot make a fair judgment. We opt to rather go to prayer and wait on our Lord to let His will manifest.
This is what we did this weekend. We trekked the mountains to talk to God, to pray for peace when something that we did not expect happened.
We went to Mt. Edith Cavell, Jasper. It was fascinating scene, there was so much detail. It was as if we were watching a movie in plasma tv. I’ve been to this place about 3 times and this time it was quite different. There was a spiritual aspect to the experience. I was not looking to entertain myself. I was looking to encounter God.
I found Him in the vividness of the colors of the mountain, its terrain, the plants, sky, rocks, trails and the company of my family. We all reminded ourselves “Do we even have the faith of a mustard seed to move a majestic mountain such as Mt. Edith Cavell?”
I know that our Lord said this in Scriptures, thus, it gave me the confidence that He wanted me to ask Him for the supernatural grace of FAITH. It is easy to say “Jesus, we trust you.” But, how many times do we have to say to really believe that we trust Jesus?
The supernatural grace of faith is a desire to have faith on our Lord but the difference is He grants us peace that He will deliver to His Promises.