In these modern times many people are suffering from severe spiritual malnutrition. Disquiet, unrest and anxiety are the background of our every day problems. Everyone searches for a solution but finds it difficult to get proper answers. The great lacuna of our age is the inability of people in trouble - moral, psychological and spiritual - to find someone who can give answers, compassion, understanding and proper love (giving Christ). In this great dilemma a natural approach can give significant results. Because it is a simple remedy, because it does not preach yet can give a satisfactory result, "acceptance" can be the answer to the universal cry of distress - "Why is this happening to me?"
What is acceptance? It is simply accepting what is happening to me or what has happened to me. Note that it is not accepting what I am afraid is going to happen. Just plain ordinary acceptance of all life's difficulties, frustrations and heartaches can bring peace of mind to anyone who will try it. Though it sounds simple, it has a very firm and deep foundation consisting of three parts. If a person accepts what is happening to him he is living in reality. Psychologically, this is good. Through this acceptance he is to that extent cooperating with God's plan for him. This too is good, spiritually. Thirdly, suffering willingly accepted purifies the soul, bringing it closer to God. Hence, the 'magic' of acceptance is available to every traveler to eternity - believer and non-believer, alike.
There are many things that acceptance can mean or do. It can reorient our life by changing our viewpoint. After terminating our endless worrying over what might happen, it can be a great tranquilizer. It can clear our minds of much useless pondering, allowing more constructive ideas to occupy our mind. If we have been resisting God, acceptance can pull greater help from Him. My acceptance of another person in all his unlovableness can be the first step in loving him properly as my neighbor and enabling God to reach him. Acceptance can strengthen the person, if there is weakness in carrying everyday burdens.
But now the question of accepting evil arises. What to do about my alcoholic or unfaithful husband, the defection of a member of my family, evil situations that are constantly coming to my attention? We must believe that evil would not be allowed by God if He could not get good from it. So we accept the fact of evil in our particular situation but not the evil itself. God posits each situation to obtain a particular result. If there is complete non-acceptance this result is not forth coming, hence a continuation of the situation. It is important to understand therefore, that the good obtainable - the result desired by God - is in great measure dependent on the degree of acceptance of the matter on someone's part.
As I gain the ability to accept my own trials and the trials and sins of others I will obtain the grace to accept the great unrest, injustice and suffering in the world. To the extent that I am accepting the world just as it is, I am cooperating with God in His plan for the world. This will help to change the world's suffering into purification, which will help bring peace to the world.
We marvel at Satan's power over the mind and body of Christ in His passion. Christ allowed the evil of the whole world to inundate Him. He accepted it. This was part of His passion necessary to overcome the world, to redeem it from sin. Should we be surprised if, following Christ, the mystical body is almost overwhelmed by the satanic power of evil temptation? There will be many, realizing that it is Christ Who is suffering in us, who will resist to an heroic degree the pressure of evil in these latter days. We can be so strongly oriented by the depth of our acceptance of almost unreasonable psychological suffering that we may be allowed to participate in God's overthrow of this worlds' evil. Probably never again in time will there be such a great opportunity to do so much for the world with God's help and direction. Not by my own feeble efforts, but by giving myself completely to God's will by acceptance and circumstance, through docility to the Holy Spirit. The stakes are high - .