We pray for evil to dissipate, for sickness cured, for struggles erased. And we also know that God loves us relentlessly and listens to our prayers. But, how come we still face difficulty and emptiness? A priest used the analogy of butterflies emerging from their cocoons: “You see the butterfly struggle to get out, but if you help the butterfly by cutting the cocoon, what comes out is a limp, half-formed organism that will not survive. You see, God has made it so that the struggle was a necessary part of forming the butterfly’s strength.” God’s love is both relentless and tough; He will always love us, but for us, that means the invitation to love God is always there. He will always call us to struggle in order that we may grow to be fully-formed children of God.