The diagnostics are over. We have an answer. My daughter tore both her ACL and MCL in her knee. That means surgery. That means no freshman soccer season in the fall. That means hours and hours of physical therapy and rehab if she wants to play again. And she does want to play again.
The good news is that these challenges, pains, and sufferings are not for naught. As my daughter commented, the souls in Purgatory are probably feeling hopeful since she will have plenty of trials ahead to offer up on their behalf.
It is times like these that the words “Thy will be done” come to mind. I pray these words every day, but do I really mean them? Am I really ready to accept His will when it hurts like Hell? Christ shouldered the sins of the whole world—past, present, and future—through His Passion and Death. He redeemed the whole world—past, present, and future—through His Resurrection. He calls me to cooperate with Him in the world’s salvation history. I really shouldn’t be surprised if that means I have to suffer for my own sake or for the sake of others. Whatever happens, I know that God will use it to bring about a greater good.
The next time you offer an Our Father, pause and reflect on those words “Thy will be done”. Understand what you are saying. God only wants the best for you, but sometimes the best means suffering.