Paula-176068: ‘Maybe We Can Still Put God First’


Being unemployed has allowed Paula to embrace her Catholic faith

By Paula-176068

The Lenten season is the most profound one in my life. This is when God’s love is almost tangible for me.

Just last week, I was reading my diary entry from 2005. I was doing great; I had a great paying job, my own place, and close friends around me.

Strangely, these days those entries sound different. I wasn’t very happy at work, and God was just something in between social engagements. I practically became involved in the parish so I could see friends. I was missing the point.

Today, without a significant job, I am blessed by what I have. With fewer friends but more family, I am enriched daily by God’s teachings. I spend time adoring Him in the Blessed Sacrament after daily Mass.

People who knew me before might think that my life had turned for the worst, but my love for God has doubled numerously compared with those “happy days” in the past.

So….has my life gone kaput?

Admittedly, I might not do all these things when working, and I’d be more likely to put God second or third in my life. Should we wait for adversity to strike to adore God?

In between our many commitments and to-dos, maybe we can still put God first, to feel His unfathomable love for us.

This Lent, I am realizing how much I need God within me. Each time I receive the Eucharist, I carry Him inside me. I try to let His love shine through. I put it into practice every day, though I fail more than not. Still, there is God’s grace, which compels me to keep trying and to love Him even more and more.

Reflection question: How can you put God first today?

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1 Comment »

  1. Sherry-118409 April 13, 2011 Reply

    I love this reflection. I can relate more often than I would like to admit. Thank you for sharing this insight; it inspires me to remember what my priorities are, and what they ought to be.

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