By April McQueen
Life is the total of all of one’s successes and all of one’s failures. These are both the result of freedom of choice (if not yours, then somebody else’s). This depends largely on your position and your perspective, however. Truth lives on the paths followed and grace haunts those we ignored. You may realize that there is no one right way; that winning in one competition also means another loss. But pause; decide to self-affirm by choosing to see your life differently. You might bounce back from a loss as a life lesson: stronger, lovelier, and freer than how you entered in the human race. Everyone is competitive and everyone has a price. What are you willing to strive for? What is yours? What gives your life meaning? To risk it all to lose it all? Risk and struggle. It gets harder to take. You get older. It slowly stops meaning what it once did or being what it once was: matter and worth. This is why we have cross and crucifix; music and psalms; the sacrament of reconciliation and the rosary prayers: not for Him, but for us: the broken sinners. Kyrie, eleison. Christe, eleison. This is your salvation. This is growth in the faith. So pick up your cross and choose Him. Every. Single. Day.