The Gift of Faith, Prayer of the Week and Saints and Special Observances
Faith is a gift. When the disciples
asked Jesus to increase their faith,
they were going to the source of that
faith with their request. God is the
giver of all good gifts, including faith.
When we put our faith in Christ, we
believe that God is with us, even
though we cannot physically see God.
Or can we? If we are attentive, we see
the evidence of God’s presence in the
love of family and friends, care poured
out in service of our neighbors, the
living beauty of creation. This is not
blind faith, but rather is the result of
seeing with the eyes of faith. Followers
of Jesus look beyond what is apparent
to see what is possible with the power
and presence of the Holy Spirit within
and among us.
Prayer of the Week
Almighty ever-living God,
who in the abundance of your kindness
surpass the merits and the desires of
those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us
to pardon what conscience dreads
and to give what prayer does not dare
to ask. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with
you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
How has God’s kindness surpassed
what I think I deserve?
Saints and Special Observances
Sunday: Twenty-seventh Sunday
Respect Life Sunday.
Tuesday: St. Francis of Assisi;
Wednesday: St. Faustina Kowalska; Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.