Father Raymond J de Souza says struggle makes us stronger. His article in the national post (here) looks at the Jordan Peterson phenomenon. Peterson says that life is suffering and that we should be “Be Grateful!”.
FATHER DE SOUZA: After hearing Peterson’s talk said “On Monday I heard a new singer, but I know well the song.”
JORDAN PETERSON: “Some people just die – and horribly. Yeah, life’s rough: no doubt about it. And if good luck comes your way, then you should be grateful for it and if happiness manages to manifest itself, you should be grateful for that, too.”
Peterson was stating what many know and feel to be true. Having gratitude for all the one has, no matter how terrible, and then having a goal to aim for gives meaning and purpose to life.
There are many places in the bible that say we should be grateful and give thanks –
Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”,
1 Corinthians 15:57 – “but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Philippians 4:6-7 – “Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.”
Father De Souza continued “To stretch. To struggle. To strive for that which is beyond our grasp. It’s not an exclusively theological insight. As the poet Robert Browning put it: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?””
Gratitude with Gravitas ~ A Seriously Good attitude.
Father De Souza says its good for you.