Lent Day 4: ‘God Loves A Good Comeback’

Single Catholics find inspiration in the New Testament book of Tobit

By Ryan-672439

Long distances come into play with any dating site. She lives on the other side of the country, yet his heart burns for her. How can it be, Lord, that you allow two meant for each other to be separated by such long distances?

I turn to the book of Tobit for light. Tobit sends his son Tobias to Rages to collect a large sum of money. The Archangel Raphael guides and accompanies Tobias on the long journey because Tobias doesn’t know the way, and Raphael leads him on a side trip to Ecbatana, where Tobias finds his future wife, Sarah.

All of us are walking with St. Raphael on this road to where that special someone is waiting – the many single Jacobs and Sarahs out there.

Walking this road is a Lent in itself. A Lent of waiting, anticipating and fasting in how God will answer our desires at the end of the journey.

No one is alone in this walk of faith, and even though the devil throws the kitchen sink at you, as he did Sarah, wiping out her first seven husbands, one got through – the one accompanied by St. Raphael!

Continue with St. Raphael, who will heal you along the way as he creams the devil in the process!

We can’t always fix the damage from our past relationships or the pain from rejections, but God loves a good comeback, and as in the example of Sarah, who was against the ropes and ready for the towel, it was then that her simple prayer was heard – and for you as well.

As you travel on this mysterious road to your beloved this Lent, know that Jesus, our truly Beloved, is at the end of that road too, waiting with open arms.

Reflection question: Take a step down your road today by closing the door on a past hurt.


  1. Dawn-58330 March 12, 2011

    Ryan, thank you for the insight you’ve offered! I needed it. It’s really good to remember that scripture contains accounts of the same struggles of single life as we have. Just like Sarah and Tobit, we have angels walking alongside us, guiding us and protecting us. We just have to make sure we aren’t getting in the way.

  2. Beautifully put, Ryan. Makes me want to keep on going. I so appreciate this perspective. It is a great help and true food for the journey. God bless you for taking the time to ‘pen’ that for the rest of us.

  3. Maia-181886 March 14, 2011

    What a wonderful Lenten reflection! It’s a good reminder that God is always with us. Thank you for sharing Ryan! Maia

  4. I have run short of adjective with which to qualify this beautiful reflection. I pray that our heavenly father will reward you abundantly. Amen.

  5. Very beautiful. I appreciate this very much. God guides us in every step of our journey in life and we need to be patient and listen to His loving words and envelope them to our souls to be all the He wants us to be. Peace and God Bless.

  6. Ryan is a beautifully reflection, it has specially meaning for me, because i have many year ago asking to God that he send to me a Raphael with a Tobias for me. thank you so much,
    God bless your search

  7. Thank you for sharing ..it is a very good reflection. God Bless!

  8. A great reflection, indeed. Thanks for articulating it for us.

  9. I think the distance factor has come up for alot of us. Thank you for your positive outlook on this issue!

  10. Beautiful and True.

  11. Wow! Great read! Thanks!

  12. Baby-581411 March 31, 2011

    Great reflection… thanks for sharing.

  13. Oh Ryan,
    So beautifull, eloquently and personally stated…thank you!
    I so like that you brought in Scripture, I love losing myself in the Old and New Testaments and studying and trying to live the lives of our beloved Saints and their pathways to Heaven…


  14. Oh St. Raphael lead my Tobias safely to me :) Thanks for sharing this article Ryan

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