Faith

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I’m wondering about the strength of my faith, and of Our Faith – the Church. There are a lot of Catholics talking about the post-Christian society, the ills of Vatican II, and so on.

It’s so easy to get sucked in by this.

“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Luke 18:8
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Come to my aid!

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There are times when my faith falters.

R. Lord, come to my aid!
The LORD heard my cry.
He drew me out of the pit of destruction,
 out of the mud of the swamp;
he set my feet upon a crag;
 he made firm my steps.
R. Lord, come to my aid!

Psalm 40:14b, 40:3

Certainly there are times when I’m feeling tested by uncertainty and doubts. Perhaps not directly my faith in God, exactly, but more about how much I can trust Him to protect me through my trials.

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Eternity

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I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last,
the beginning and the end.”

Rev 22:14

Everything that I do, everything I understand, is based on time. My own time – my life – started at a particular point and will end at a particular point. And time goes in exactly one direction.

I enjoy science fiction and time travel stories, but still … that’s just tweaking around the edges. The idea of true eternity just blows me away.

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Mother of God

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Today is a new year, and the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. What a perfect way to start afresh!

This very phrase is something to ponder deeply. We don’t believe that Mary existed before God the Father and somehow gave birth to Him. That might be similar to Rhea being the mother of Zeus.

No, we believe that Jesus is God and is with God the Father. Which means that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is mother of God as incarnated in our world.

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Most watchful guardian

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In 1889, Pope Leo XIII asked all the faithful to add the Prayer to St. Joseph to the end of our Rosary during the month of October.

Our holy Mother Mary is the paragon of human holiness, of course, and worthy of our eternal devotion. But I have to confess that her spouse, Joseph, is easier for me to relate to.

It’s partially because he seems to just be a quiet guy doing the best he can in the background.

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