It seems that every day brings with it more bad news from around the world, and from right in our own backyard. Stories of violence, natural disasters, and good people facing terrible situations are everywhere we look. It is easy to grow anxious and fearful of the times in which we live.
In an article for FOCUS, Nathan Stanley writes about this darkness that can seem to surround us, and how to remain courageous in the face of difficulties. Nathan writes:
These moments are the moments that make or break us. It’s tempting to think that we are the only ones who have seen this kind of darkness, but all times have. And when the darkest times hit, that’s when the greatest saints were made.
So in the moments where we find ourselves tempted to despair and doubt when we see the state of the world, the words of St. Thomas More can inspire us and remind us of our call to greatness.
He exclaimed, “The times are never so bad that good men cannot live in them.”
We were chosen by God for our time, as dark as that time may be. And the best example we can look to of a good man living in a rough time is none other than St. Joseph. During this season of Advent, St. Joseph is a model of how we can face the difficulties in the world with courage.
St. Joseph went through a lot. He traveled many miles with his pregnant wife only to find there was nowhere for them to stay, nowhere for her to give birth. But he made the most of the situation, and the King of the World was born not in the glory of castle, but in the glory of a loving family.
An angel warned St. Joseph in a dream that his family was in danger: The government wanted to kill his son. He had leave immediately and take his family to a foreign land, where they had no relatives and no work. Can you imagine his thoughts at that moment? He probably felt fear, regret and even anger. But he didn’t let his emotions overcome him, and he courageously acted with trust in God. He got up and immediately took his family to Egypt.
Here’s what we can learn from the courage of St. Joseph in our own day and age.