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Can We Skip To The Good Part?

I am very intentionally not on TikTok (I really don’t need another app to tempt me to waste more time on my phone, and my daughters would say I’m too old for it anyways!) but I’ve seen enough reels to have a pretty good idea of what’s on there. One reel that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately features before and after shots while the lyrics “Can we skip to the good part?” play in the background: a couple is arriving at the airport in their winter jackets, then they are suddenly on a beach in Mexico; a woman is showing off her 40-week-pregnant belly, then is magically holding her newborn baby in her arms. You get the idea.

That little refrain has been running through my head a lot these days, mostly as I parent these children of mine. My second daughter just turned 20, and my youngest will be 13 in just a couple of weeks, which means I will now exclusively be the parent of teenagers and adults. No more little kid problems, like teething and tantrums and refusing to eat anything but Goldfish crackers for lunch – as the kids have grown, so have their problems, and those problems’ consequences.

As I watch these big kids figure out their own adult lives, I am having to watch them, too, make decisions that I’d rather they not make, some small and inconsequential, and some not so small, and actually quite serious. And so many times I find myself in these situations not able to do much more than pray, hope, and (because I am so very imperfect) worry. My rosary is recited on a continuous loop these days, offered up for my children, in the hope that the foundation of faith I set when they were still little will hold them while they flail and falter a bit (and sometimes a lot) through their early adult life.

Because I have faith, or at least try to, I have to believe that God is still beside them, even when it feels like they may be trying distance themselves from Him. That He is still there, still faithful to His promises, and has heard and has answered my prayers. That my children will not be abandoned, even as they appear to abandon their faith….

Ah, this is when I wish we could skip to the good part. I wish I could skip to the part where I see that it all works out in the end – like the couple basking in the Mexican sun, or the mama holding her newborn safely in her arms, I wish I could see that, in the end, the child is saved. I wish I could skip the part where I have to watch them thrash about in this new adult life, and instead see, right now, that everything is going to be ok.

But, of course, real life doesn’t work like a TikTok reel. We don’t get to skip to the Resurrection without first journeying through the Passion; we don’t skip over Good Friday to go straight to Easter Sunday. And I don’t get to see all my prayers for my adult children answered without first going through this valley that sends me to my knees, praying tearfully for the lives and souls of my kids.

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well,” said St. Julian of Norwich, echoing the hope of all the saints, who trusted in the goodness of God, trusted that the good part would eventually come. Since I can’t skip ahead, I take a deep breath, pick up my rosary, and try not to worry, hoping, believing, knowing, that God is faithful, and that everything is going to be ok.

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Alex Kucera

Atlanta

Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!