Every week we hear of terrorist attacks, violence against minorities, violence against law enforcement, persecution, all these are the degradation of the sanctity of human life.
What is our response to these things, as followers of Jesus Christ in His Holy Catholic Church? One response is to remember what Joshua said when the people of God rebelled against the Lord:“If it is displeasing to you to serve the LORD, choose today whom you will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15). Everyone has a choice to make. We cannot choose for other people. But we must be sure that our lives, our “house,” serves the Lord, that we are doing what we ought to live in holiness and righteousness.
We can offer prayer, fasting, and penance. “Prayer restores man to God’s likeness and enables him to share in the power of God’s love that saves the multitude.” (Catechism 2572)
Our readings today are all about prayer. “In bargaining with God, Abraham demonstrates a real persistence in prayer as he intercedes for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (c.f. Gen 18:20-32). Jesus invites us to persist in prayer as well, to ‘ask... seek... knock’ (c.f. Luke 11:1-13).” (Ordo)
Our Psalm, regarding prayer, teaches us to trust that the Lord will hear and answer our fervent prayer and build up what strength we need. “When I called you answered me; you built up strength within me” (Psalm 138:3).
God bless you all,
Father Robert Letona
A Note from Fr. Peter who will be visiting July 30 and 31st .
Greetings and prayerful wishes from Fr. Peter from the Catholic diocese of Vellore, India, but now I am working here in this diocese of La Crosse for the last two years. I am delighted about the opportunity to share some details of our diocese ministry with you these days July 30 and 31.
Can you imagine a land where cows are holy and animal sacrifices take place daily? Can you imagine a land where 2.5% Christians put their faith into action through a challenging ministry among 82% Hindus? Can you imagine a land where many of your privileges are denied because you are Christian? But with all these my Diocese Vellore does a wonderful ministry of proclaiming the good news and the works of charity such as running school for the poor and renovating homes for families, leading children’s outreach programs, working at homeless shelters, responding to natural disasters, and reaching out to individuals and communities through Christian service.
The diocese struggles to accomplish all these projects successfully. So it seeks your help and support, most importantly your prayer support. Prayer is the fuel that will allow us to be successful as we follow God’s leading in ministry in India. Without prayer, nothing will happen. If you would like to be part of this mission through your financial support, write a check to your parish. Thank you very much for your kindness and generosity to the church in Vellore, India. Your contributions will continue to strengthen our ministerial initiatives and evangelization efforts.
God bless you.
Father Peter Kendall.