|"Our Lady of Fortune's Arrows"|
So often,it seems like we're targets for fortune's arrows.
Things happen that are outside our control,
no matter how much we try to keep our lives
measured and fully predictable.
Hurricanes roar ashore
and wash away homes and all the ephemera
that makes up the collage of our lives.
Lovers betray us
and make us wonder how much of our relationship
was mere fiction.
Miscarriages, stillbirths, debilitating or even fatal illness,
job losses or financial reversals,
deaths of people we love. . .
We can only choose how we react to it.
Will we, like the Holy Mother,
look "what is" in the face and find the strength
to move forward,
perhaps with a heavy heart but full of resolve?
Will we face down tyranny, abuse,
and ignorance with a heart of love
and the conviction that if not us, then who?
Will we move through life with a certainty
that we have the power of miracles within us?
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