Perseverance

Running The Race – Studies in 2 Timothy

Running The Race – Studies in 2 Timothy

Just this past weekend the Catholic Church canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta…Her ministry was the ministry of little things…many little acts of love performed especially for the poorest of the poor for love of them and Jesus. No one doubts she ran her race with perseverance right through the finish line….All of us are called to this little way of love and service no matter what else we may be asked to do. A hundred times a day we have the opportunity to give a smile, to lend a hand, to praise, to thank, to visit, to help. Often we have the opportunity to say a good word about Jesus. And we have these opportunities to the very end.

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The Assurance of Hope – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday of Advent

The Assurance of Hope – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday of Advent

This is a vastly important message for all who would follow Christ and hope to reach heaven. It is knowing that we can’t lose that gives us the courage to try, to strive, and to persevere even in the face of strong opposition. It is the knowledge that God is for us that emboldens us to face every enemy. Perhaps this is the very message you need to hear today: That God is for you! That He will finish what He has started in you! That He will sustain you to the end! And that nothing can separate you from His love!

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Holiness and Hope – Second Reading for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holiness and Hope – Second Reading for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

One of the last things any of us wants to hear in the midst of suffering is that somehow God will bring good out of that situation. But Paul is talking about far more than some sort of spiritual “making lemonade out of lemons.” This passage speaks to us about the restoration of a grace that we have lost by our sin, the grace of original holiness. God created us in freedom not so that we might rebel against him, but so that we might partake in his divine life and share in his glory (CCC 398). This is the great and unfathomable good for which we have been created; this is the great and unfathomable good from which we cut ourselves off by our sin. And it is the great and unfathomable good towards which God is able to work all things—our mistakes, our successes, our grief and our joy—for those who love Him.

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