Being Catholic is not easy. Not now, and really, not ever. Many Catholics find themselves in a bitter battle after divorce trying to maintain their faith, whether it is making sure their children continue to get faith education and the sacraments, or even just pushing themselves out the door on a Sunday morning to get to mass when it’s the last thing they want to do.
Trying to live a good life – which becomes unbelievably difficult after divorce – will always be a struggle. The message society offers is that being virtuous is too hard. Lowering your standards is easier and far more acceptable. But that’s a lie.
In sacred scripture, Jesus tells us, “A servant is not above his master (Jn 15: 20).” He was put to death because of who He was and what He stood for. He says, “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”
Do not be surprised when you suffer for doing what is right. Instead, look to the glory of Christ and to the reward that awaits you in heaven. There is no suffering on earth that can compare to the incredible glory and happiness of heaven. So, take courage and persevere. Don’t give up the good fight, and know that God is blessing you every step of the way.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world (John 16:33).