How to develop Spiritual Resilience
The development of spiritual resilience begins and ends with a study, a contemplation, of the Passion of Jesus, beginning at the Last Supper and culminating in His crucifixion. As a starting point, when we examine His example of resilience, we see His focus on doing the Will of the Father first and foremost and demonstrating His Love for us in doing that. Though suffering unspeakable brutality and falling under the weight of the Cross, His joy exemplified by His peace and serenity in the midst of suffering, remained. “Weep not for me, but for yourselves and for your children….,” He said to the women (Luke 23:28). He is firmly established in the Father’s Will for Him, even in the midst of human failure as His humanity crashes to the dirt under the weight of the Cross and He is unable to get up under His own power, but must be lifted up by bystanders and helped to carry His Cross by Simon.
Throughout His Passion not once did he give in to the temptations of despair, anger, resentment, bitterness, revenge, hate, contempt or self-pity. He remained steadfast in His love, mercy, and compassion, even for those torturing and killing Him.
So we study the example of Christ during His Passion as One we can admire and hope to emulate as our role model. It is His example of resiliency which stands as the ultimate example resilience.