Thinking about comfort makes me a bit uncomfortable. We know the world offers us comfort, but that we were not made for the kind it offers. We were made for greatness, as St. John Paul II would tell us. Comfort makes me think of the modern conveniences in America that keep me, like many other people, generally free from major physical discomfort. I have an apartment and a job and basic necessities of life.
So what can I say about comfort?
I think during this time in history with so many recent disasters and tragedies, many people are in need of comfort. Not the takeout and Netflix type of band aid that covers up what’s going on. We need deep soul-level human togetherness and the comfort that only comes from God.
With our society’s modern sense of individualism and loss of a deep-rooted belief in God, many people have lost the concept of who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going. Without that, life can be even more deeply disconcerting than it would be otherwise. Do you know that you were created by God for a specific purpose that is a gift to the world? You are unrepeatable. You were created by Love itself to love others through the vocation you’re called to. You are a beloved child of God, and nothing can change that. He is crazy about you. He wants you. And He wants you with him forever in heaven.
Do you know this deep inside? Take comfort knowing God’s love is unconditional.
St. Teresa of Avila reminds us of this when she said
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
So whatever is troubling you, whatever is weighing on you, know that you do not have to carry it alone. I don’t think we want to carry things alone, but it’s easy to fall into the default numbness of staying “busy” powered by caffeine, watching Netflix, and just flopping into bed.
I get it. It’s hard to even begin processing all the recent events and appreciate the gravity of terrible news we’re inundated with. But we were made to live fully alive. God’s love gives us the sure foundation, the comfort, of knowing we are part of a big eternal plan that is at this point incomprehensible. We can take comfort in this ourselves, and extend the source of this comfort by inviting other people into our journeys and stepping into theirs.
Bad news is easy to find. The good news is that we have the Divine Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who will be with us always.