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Reflection for the Week

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.

Reflection question:

How has God’s kindness surpassed what I think I deserve?

Saints and Special Observances

  • Sunday: Twenty-seventh Sunday Ordinary Time; Respect Life Sunday.
  • Tuesday: St. Francis of Assisi;
  • Wednesday: St. Faustina Kowalska; Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.
  • Thursday: St. Bruno; Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.
  • Friday: Our Lady of the Rosary; First Friday.
  • Saturday: Blessed Virgin Mary.
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