"If having faith was easy, everyone would be doing it."
Although I was teasing when I said this to a friend recently, there is some definite truth to the statement. There are many ideas and concepts in the Catholic faith that can make it difficult at times to accept all as truth, or the way it is really suppose to work. One of those is the allowing of suffering by God. He isn't the agent of evil or bad but thanks to the sin of Adam/Eve, we are a fallen people and the existence of the not so good reigns on earth. God does not bring but ALLOWS suffering. He also promises to bring a good from it for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Another difficulty is continuing to believe in God amongst the silence we can sometimes experience during our spiritual journey.
I'm going to generalize, although I'm sure there is an inherent danger in that - however I do believe for the most part, people seek God in good feelings. They attend services or religious events that will somehow create some positive reaction in them, like the infatuation stage of a budding relationship. Then, if whatever they are participating in fails to produce a plethora of good feelings, they dismiss it and go seeking for the next thing.
One of my favorite quotes from chapter 6 of When Faith Feels Fragile (by R. Scott Hurd) is this:
"The goal is for us to love God, not the feelings God gives."
Here are some other thoughts to ponder (*taken from my reading of When Faith Feels Fragile from Advent 2013 - for the record: this is a wonderful book for your Lenten journey as well!!):
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