These meaningful words should accompany us throughout our lives.
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As we impatiently wait for the release of Father Stu — the movie based on the real-life story of an amateur boxer-turned Catholic priest — lead actor Mark Wahlberg revealed a quote from the movie that couldn’t have come at a better time as we experience such uncertainty in our lives with a pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
Although the movie arrives in theaters on April 13, the Catholic actor gave us a sneak peak on his Facebook page, with an important quote from the movie:
We shouldn’t pray for an easy life but the strength to endure a difficult one.
It’s something that we sometimes forget, and it’s not always easy when we feel at our wits’ end, but our Heavenly Father is there to give us the fortitude and courage to navigate life’s travails. All we need to do is ask. Life is not easy, but the Lord gives us strength and walks with us.
And Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer seems the perfect prayer to recite when we need the peace and courage to bear hardship and the discernment to know what we can work to change ourselves:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.