Friday, the 27th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Francis Xavier Seelos
Readings for today’s Mass
“FAITH sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.”
“FAITH consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”
“FAITH is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Google “quotes about faith” and you will be directed to a myriad of familiar and new sayings with decorative fonts and graphics accompanying them. Or walk into any “home” department at your local “Big Box” store and discover a number of cute signs you can hang in your home to reminder you about the importance of faith. But what really is faith, how do we define it and how do we let it define us?
Webster’s Dictionary provides the following definitions:
(1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God,
(2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion
(3): firm belief in something for which there is no proof
(4): something that is believed especially with strong conviction
We can define the word faith or create encouraging sayings about faith but to truly live a life of faith means that our faith is ever evolving. As a child it might mean a belief in God and his goodness. As a teenager it might mean exploring our faith and even questioning it, seeking answers to make faith our own. As a college student it might mean living out your beliefs and convictions even when the culture around you does just the opposite. As an adult it might mean being an example to our children and passing on our faith. At all times faith means being open to God’s plan for our life; being aware of the changes and needs we have at different seasons of our life and how God is working through those. It means reaching out to those around us who will help us flourish in our faith and it means being a source of strength and comfort to those in our lives who might need help in their faith.
Take a good look at what faith means to you today? Has it evolved since your beliefs as a child? In what ways can you help your faith to grow? How can you help others around you grow in their faith?