Another surgery looming for my new daughter has got me reflecting on some spiritual wisdom from one of Fr. Jacques Phillipes writings. I can not remember which one but it is amazing how much his writings have prepared me for what we are going through now. He talked about how in times of darkness and suffering we can receive great grace from shifting our focus from the question, "Why is this happening?" to "What are we called to do in this moment?" My personal opinion is that there is not anything wrong with asking God why but there is an abundance of grace in the willingness to forsake the why for the what.
You could drive yourself crazy asking God why things happen in life. For much of my life I did. I asked why this happened or why something else did not happen. At times I felt the question was answered but more often than not I felt a deep silence on God's end that left me confused and isolated. It takes a great deal of courage to forsake the "Why?" of lifes suffering and disappointments but on the other side lies a treasure trove of grace.
Please let me know of anyone you would like me to prayer for over the next several days here in the hospital.
P.S. While I was writing this the Neuro Surgeon came in and told us that Louisa would not need another surgery like previously expected! God is so so good. Thank you for your prayers.
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization at