Over the course of our lives, we all experience trials and tribulations. Some are big and some are small, but none of us are immune from the storms of life. But recently on The Phil Sandoval Show, Phil shared the one thing that can get us through whatever storms life throws at us. He said:
“Love is the common denominator through all those changes in our life. To love, and to love the way that God wants us to love. If we do that well, we don’t have to worry that we’re going to change, and that life is going to throw the hurricanes at us.
We all get hit by hurricanes that we don’t anticipate. We all, at some point in time, have to evacuate from situations that are dangerous to us. But the Father is saying that the common denominator in all of this, the thing that sustains us, is love.
But what kind of love? Sexual love? Love that’s just superficial and about somebody saying a nice thing to us? Well, yea that does make us feel good. But is that really what we need to sustain us? The answer is no.
What we need is the love that God gives to us. He loves us unconditionally. We sin like crazy people every day. It always amazes me when Pope Francis talks about how much time he spends in the confessional. As a young person, I would have thought, ‘Why does a priest, or a pope, need to go to Confession? Aren’t these people holy?’
And the answer is yes they are holy, but they are also human. So for us to get embarrassed by the trials and tribulations that we have, there’s no need for that. There’s no need for us to get worried and embarrassed about things that happen to us. There’s no need to worry about that.
What we need to worry about is that we continue to love one another, continue to love ourselves. And you forget, like I do, to love yourself in the way you deserve to be loved. You forget that to be loved means allowing yourself to be respected and not taken advantage of. You need to allow yourself to not have to compromise your values and your views.”
Listen to the full reflection below:
The Phil Sandoval Show airs weekdays from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Pacific.