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“The world in which we live is an anxious one, rife with fear and doubt. Economic markets rise and fall, employment fluctuates, conflicts erupt in unexpected places, and each year seems to bring a threat of some new virus that threatens mankind. We are all continuously faced with events outside of our control. As time passes the future takes on greater uncertainty. Indeed, it is often our struggle with uncertainty that plagues our spiritual life and gives birth to fear and worry.” (Fr. Joshua Makoul) “I have faith that God will carry us through this time of uncertainty. It is not the first time in human history that our country has been confronted by a health crisis. “Like many of you, I am struggling with how to react appropriately to this disease that has suddenly invaded our country. Many are overreacting. Many are underreacting. And many are unsure how to react…Emotion clouds reason. This is an objective truth. When we come at things in an emotional way, reason has a hard time prevailing. Obviously, there is emotion now. People are scared. No one wants to get sick, or get someone else sick, or see anyone die. We are all concerned about that. I am also concerned that the consequences of the coronavirus will result in not only physical harm, but financial harm to many. With many businesses, schools and sports franchises suspending operations, faithful workers who live paycheck to paycheck are going to find themselves in financial straits. Hundreds have already lost jobs and financial livelihood. With the stock market erratic, the economy will be affected. Business owners are concerned. Businesses that depend on overseas interactions are uncertain about their futures. Closed schools affect not only students but working parents who now will have their children at home. This is a time for calm, for reason and for sensibility. It is a time for grace and patience. Everyone needs to be more patient and give more grace to everyone.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis) “…remember that faith is only partly a matter of mind and emotions. Mostly it is complying, even if we do not understand or if we have doubts, or even if we do not especially wish to do what the Lord asks. Faith definitely entails risks and uncertainty.” (Dynamis 12/29/12) “Feeling a little uncertain and afraid is at the very least understandable, but it is not a sign of weakness or faithlessness. How often in the scriptures does God tell us to "Fear not!"?... I've been told often that I see the world through rose-colored glasses…Nevertheless, I prefer to see the world as a gift from God…Pascha is my justification for my rose-colored understanding. When we see the world through the lens of the empty tomb, we see a world that is broken but saved. We see people suffering, but with hope of eternity. We see a world temporarily divided, but united in Christ. We see the suffering and alienation of darkness, but the brilliance of Christ's light. We are separated from our departed, but already restored. If I speak like a "crazy person," I do so because this craziness is true. Only from the empty tomb can anything of the fallen world make sense or be restored. Only the light of the empty tomb can take away the darkness created by sin. Christ has joined Himself to us and gives us access to Himself. In the light of Resurrection, the world doesn't look so bad…God is active in our lives and in charge. Don't be afraid. Christ Is Risen!” (Bishop John) “Pain, uncertainty, fear, can put anyone in the dark place where God may seem far away…Even though things can and are still difficult, and uncertainty is part of dealing with illness, I do know that I can rely on the power of prayer and that is enough to give me hope.” (Edith M. Humphrey, Christina Kampas)

“I consider myself a pretty devout Christian—I’ve centered not only my career, but also my life around Christ and the Church. Many times I still wonder is my faith really as strong as I think it is, or do I lead others to believe that it is. Many things in the world still don’t make sense to me, whether it is my own shortcomings or the disappointing things that go on in society. I wonder about God’s “master plan” and what role I play in it. Sometimes I wonder if there really is a plan or if He allows things just to happen at random.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

"I don’t always understand what’s going on, or what is going to happen, in relationships, in financial matters, and various other situations. But when the uncertainty begins to dampen my spirits, let me remind myself that God does, in fact, know, and understand, everything far better than I do. Let me pray today for His will for me, even if I don’t know or understand it, and the grace to realize it in my life." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“No one feels God's presence all the time, at every moment of his or her life. Even the greatest saints have moments of doubt, uncertainty, and darkness.” (Rev. Christopher H. Martin)

“ ‘The only thing I knew how to do was to keep on keepin' on.’ Bob Dylan penned these lyrics and to me they sometimes sound like a proverb. Sometimes you just feel spiritually down, like nothing makes sense, and your efforts are not worth it. God is every bit as present with you in those moments as He is when you are feeling great. You just have to keep being prayerful, trusting to His presence, and knowing “this too shall pass.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“Be honest enough to question God but brave enough to step out in faith. This approach will carry us through challenging circumstances. In fact, one without the other simply never rises to the level of true belief.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

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