Now Pharaoh was near when the Israelites looked up and saw that the Egyptians had set out after them. Greatly frightened, the Israelites cried out to the LORD. To Moses they said, […] “What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt?” […] But Moses answered the people, “Do not fear! Stand your ground and see the victory the LORD will win for you today.” […] Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD drove back the sea with a strong east wind all night long and turned the sea into dry ground. The waters were split, so that the Israelites entered into the midst of the sea on dry land, with the water as a wall to their right and to their left. (Ex 14:10-22)
Do I trust that God will help me to overcome any difficulties that I encounter?
Believe that He loves you. He wants to help you Himself in the struggles which you must undergo. Believe in His Love, His exceeding Love.
St Elisabeth of the Trinity
Mont St. Michel
Tradition tells us that the first chapel was founded by the Bishop of Averanche, upon request of the Archangel Michael, in the eighth century AD. It was protected from external invasion by the rising tide and quicksand. After renovation, the abbey became an important center of pilgrimage (on the so-called “way to Heaven”), and it flourished as a lively cultural center. A full blown village flourished there for a few centuries, with the typical medieval structure: the abbey, on the top, and shopkeepers, farmers and fishermen in the land below. After becoming a prison, intellectuals (such as Victor Hugo) promoted a campaign to recognize the historical and architectural value of the place, which was eventually declared a historic monument in 1874. The Benedictine monks came back to the abbey in 1966, and were replaced by a community of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem in 2001.
The Village of Mont Saint Michel
It is then we must turn to the witnesses of faith: to Abraham, who “in hope. . . believed against hope” (Rom 4:18); to the Virgin Mary, who, in “her pilgrimage of faith”, walked into the “night of faith” (LG 58; John Paul II, RMat 18) in sharing the darkness of her son’s suffering and death; and to so many others: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith (Heb 12:1-2). Cathechism, §165
Outer walls of Mont Saint Michel
Can I remember a time when I didn’t see when God was supporting me and understood it later? How may I be more attentive to God’s presence so that I may see God supporting me in the difficulty next time?
Inside Mont Saint Michel
Do I know how to receive the consolation offered to me when things are difficult?