A few weeks ago, I attended Mass and Father Ted, the pastor at that time, conveyed an experience he and a buddy had years ago. His buddy told him about a great show they just had to see. It was the Cirque du Soleil. This is an entertainment group consisting of jugglers, gymnasts, aerialists, clowns and musicians. They do death- defying acts in harmony and perform in over eighteen countries—in most cases to sold-out audiences.
Now back to Father Ted! When he was asked by his buddy to see this group, Father Ted asked how much a ticket would cost. His buddy told him $ 180.00. At this point, Father Ted said, “What? That is just too much money!” After much insisting by his buddy, he said, “Okay, I’ll take the risk and spend the money.” Well, needless to say, after the performance, Father Ted commented that the show was unbelievable. It had been worth the risk.
You may ask, “What does that have to do with faith?” In all our lives, there are many times we have to place our trust in GOD. As many young adults can attest to, there are times their faith is tested—in some cases almost daily. Should they follow the crowd or take the risk of not following when an issue of faith and morals is on the line? They take the risk of possibly losing a friendship, but know it is well worth it to keep their moral integrity.
As adults, similar situations can arise, be it in issues at work or in personal relationships. Hopefully we all listen to our inner voice—our conscience—and take the risk and do the right thing. Peace of mind and serenity are well worth the risk.