Life is short and one only
What would have happened if Moses didn’t dare to stick his staff at the Red Sea shore? If the Virgin Mary didn’t dare to tell the archangel she accepted God’s will? If Peter, James and John didn’t dare to leave their boats behind to follow their teacher? If Paul didn’t dare to preach in Athens about the unknown God?
What would have happened if Francis of Assisi didn’t dare to ask Pope Innocent III permission to found a religious order? If a group of missionaries didn’t dare to jump into a caravel and voyage to an unknown continent? If Karol Wojtyła didn’t dare to join a clandestine seminary?
What would have happened if your grandfather and your father didn’t dare to propose to those girls whose memory kept them up at night? If you didn’t dare to leave your home one day?
They say that the world belongs to the brave. The life of the People of God depends as well on people who dare, knowing that nothing is impossible with God’s help.
Pope Francis has told young people, “The world will change if you dare and don’t stay lying on the couch,” encouraging them to be courageous, to take chances and to own the project of the Church. And he has told all of us we are invited to leave our comfort zone and dare to reach all peripheries that need the light of the Gospel.
Yet, without God, nothing can be done. To be able to dare to do what seems impossible, we must pray always. And to pray, we must dare to talk to God! In Mass, the priest invites us: “… and following his divine teaching, we dare to say ‘Our father…’”
So, trust God and dare to do it!
Dare to dream the impossible dream,
to reach the unreachable star,
to pray and snatch a miracle from heaven,
to defy your destiny and transform it.
Dare to fight the battle that is already lost,
to run the never-ending race,
to straighten the crooked tree,
to search what no one has found before.
Dare to be happy despite your sorrows,
to smile amidst adversity,
to rise every time you fall,
to conquer your darkest fears.
Dare to sow a flower in the ardent desert,
to squeeze a drop from the driest pebble,
to harvest a wheat field in the bottom of the sea,
to soar to the moon out of love.
Dare to forgive the unforgivable trespass,
to defeat the undefeatable adversary,
to beat the unbeatable trial,
to end the unending task.
Dare to trust the Lord blindly,
to see the light in the darkest night,
to keep going when your feet got tired,
to never desist despite your failure.
Dare to control yourself,
to defeat yourself,
to conquer yourself,
to transform yourself.
Dare to do it, for life is short and one only,
for you have not paid to live tomorrow,
for this can be the last one of the days
God has given you to live in full.
Dare to do it. Yes, dare to do it!
Be passionate about our faith!
Read the Spanish version of this column.
Northwest Catholic – July/August 2018