‘God Alone Suffices’ By Sem. Randy D. Buquis

Last October 2014, Fr. Eugene Cruz, who presided over the community’s recollection for that month, gave us a deeper meaning of Solo Dios Basta from the prayer of St. Teresa of Avila: “Let nothing disturb you; let nothing frighten you. All things are passing. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.”

Truly, God alone suffices because with Him all things are possible. Our trust is tested in different situations that we encounter like pains, difficulties and struggles in life. But amidst all these, one thing becomes clearer us – God loves us all and cares for us.

I remember the Gospel about Jesus calming the sea. In commanding the waves to be still, He invited His disciples to trust Him more. This is also an invitation for me to trust in God more, to be confident of His help amidst trials.

I need to trust God more whenever I feel that He is silent. When God is silent, it just puts my trust in Him to the test, but my very expression of my trust is at stake. Therefore, I have to believe that He can and will really help me.

I remember one of our Spiritual Direction classes when I presented my verbatim, a batch mate asked me about what hinders me from trusting God in times of pains and sufferings. What it is in me that would always resist in trusting the expression of God’s love for me. My batch mate posed another question, about when I think I can fully trust in God.

These are questions that until now I include in my prayers and continue to reflect on.  Because many times, I am inconsistent of my description of my trust in God.

As I think of these questions, I come to realize that God continues to work in me to deepen my relationship with Him according to His own will. One thing I really need to do is to be open and willing to learn both from Jesus and from other people because growth in trust is always possible.


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