Have you ever felt completely at peace? I had a moment like that yesterday, away with some girlfriends: sitting alone on the shore, the laughter of my friends warming me from behind, the sun warming my face. I "felt" totally peaceful, and thanked God for the love that surrounded my life.
But I know that feelings come and go, and that the smallest incident can often change our mood. I thought of St. Anthony of Padua and wondered what he would do at that moment of tranquility. And so I prayed that St. Anthony, our finder of things lost, would help me preserve that love of God when things weren't so peaceful: when I was stressed or hurt or angry or just in a crummy mood. When people misunderstood me, or I misunderstood them. When I am too hot, too cold, too tired, too lonely, too depressed. When I don't understand God's actions in my life, and especially when I think I do and am wrong!
Heavenly Father, help us to thank and believe you in all the situations of our lives, not just the beautiful ones. Forgive our dependence on our feelings - remind us that you love us no matter what our emotions may say.
St. Anthony, pray for us!