Pope Benedict has written a new book titled "On The Way to Jesus Christ". In it he says, that contrary to many assumptions, Jesus "is quite different, demanding, bold. The Jesus who makes everything OK for everyone is a phantom, a dream, not a real figure. The Jesus of the Gospels is certainly not convenient for us. But it is precisely in this way that he answers the deepest question of our existence, which--whether we want to or not--keeps us on the lookout for God, for a gratification that is limitless, for the infinite. We must again set out on the way to this real Jesus."
This reminds me of the relationship that Abraham had with God. Life, for Abraham, did not get easier after he found God. But he knew that God existed and was always there. This is the way life is, often. It is difficult, with difficult decisions and inconvenient occurances. But knowing that God exists, and that Jesus and His Holy Spirit are with us no matter how hard life may get, is very comforting. Finding, as Pope Benedict says, "The Infinite", gives us "a gratification that is limitless."
The book is available for shipment in October of this year. Go to Ignatius Insight for details. Thank you to Ignatius Insight for the heads up!