Help me to see: Homily for Friday, June 9, 2017

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Readings for Today

Yesterday we saw the prayers of Sarah being answered.  Today, it is the prayer of Tobit.  But was the most important prayer really the regaining of his sight? Or, was it rather the realization that his son had embraced the faith so important to him?  Was it because he could see physically, or was it that he could see with pride how the grace of God was active in his own son’s life, and indeed in his own life?

Realization of the presence of God is amazing indeed.  Life in fact, seems so much clearer when we can see the events of our lives unfold not simply with our physical eyes, but also with the eyes of our soul.  It is this type of sight that often accounts for our ability to prioritize, to make important, and to determine the path of holiness which leads us to God.

A Noble Purpose: Homily for Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Readings for Today

The reality of prayer, especially a petition (asking God for something) or an intercession (praying on behalf of someone else) can be a challenging aspect of the spiritual life.  When a prayer is answered for something that seems utterly impossible, the result of a prayer, answered in a way we wish, can be overwhelming.

We can ask, why doesn’t God answer my prayers?  Why is it that when I see others who appear to have their prayers answered, mine do not?  When we pray to God, the authentic prayer is the result of an attitude of trust in the God who knows best.  It is not that God never answers our prayers, but rather, that God always answers our prayers, just not always in the way we expect.