Battling Adversity with Catholicism


2014-0614 Picture of DoveThe majority of this post, which was written by Jon Ochoa, is specifically for those who are in need of spiritual healing and are open to reading a “Wish for Recovery” post written from a Catholic perspective. The post is not an attempt to say one religion or belief is better than any other religion or belief. Furthermore, the views of one person do not necessarily reflect the views of every individual in the same or similar group. The purpose of the post is to educate, share ideas, and provide hope. As readers offer to write “Wish for Recovery” letters, I will add guest posts representing each of the major religious, non-religious, spiritual, and philosophical beliefs to this blog as long as the beliefs pertain to recovery.

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Guest Post written by Jon Ochoa

Special thanks to Scott Friedman for the venue to share words of inspiration with our fellow loved ones in times of extreme adversity, and thank you for your time and consideration. May as much peace as possible be with you throughout the challenging time.

Although I most likely have not experienced any event near as challenging as the ones you are facing, I want to share my most empowering and uplifting resource during times of struggle: The Way of the Cross of Jesus Christ, in hopes that you may gain the same amazing power I receive. To me, the Way of the Cross of Jesus Christ means wanting to be patient and kind, even in the face of unjust cruelty to the point of death. When I reflect and grow in patience and kindness, especially in the face of unjust cruelty, I grow in the ability to maintain and grow my peace and joy, as well as share the ability to obtain and grow the peace and joy with others.

Now you have been presented with a struggle that is unjust to some degree, so please consider* the following:

In Catholicism there are many stories of people who are good people, yet have experienced great and unjust struggles in living. Therefore, focusing on any of their stories are good examples of the Way of the Cross. Some that especially stood out to me were Father Leon Armijos, St. Rita, St. John of the Cross, and St. Pope John Paul II. Now the two people in Catholicism who are the pinnacle of living the Way of the Cross are Jesus and His Mother, Mary, and the greatest story of the Way of the Cross is Jesus’ Passion and Crucifixion. Many meditations and prayers have been written about the Stations of the Cross. Currently, my favorite meditations and prayers were shared by Richard Furey in “Mary’s Way of the Cross.” The meditations and prayers really help me empathize with the perspectives of the major sides of an unjust circumstance: the perspective of the one being treated unjust, the perspective of those who are helpless yet want to help, and the perspective of the one who was indifferent and cruel and wants to grow.

I am sorry there is no way around the challenging situation you are facing, and I am sorry I am unable to carry the load for you. I would like you to know that because you are in my life, my life is better for it. You are an inspiration to me because I know that one day I will face far greater struggles, and you have demonstrated the strength to face extremely difficult times.

*If you do not believe Jesus Christ is God, nor perfect, nor actual, I encourage you to consider the practice conceptually possible with you as the main character. Growing towards the pinnacle of patience and kindness is extremely rewarding in living!


Click here to read another Wish for Recovery post on Beyond Injury.

Thanks to Jon Ochoa for taking the time to write a guest post for those who are in need of spiritual healing and are open to reading a Wish for Recovery post from a Catholic perspective; Google for helping me find the picture; and all other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, content, and links I used in this post.

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