Once again, one of the reasons for starting this blog is because I have some close friends who are struggling with their faith and it is my hope that maybe through something posted on this site, they will find their way back to church.
Another purpose is for those still attending church but struggling with personal issues, an avenue of prayer that will assist them in working through their struggles, build their faith and bring them peace of mind.
But this is also for those whose faith is strong and who are simply seeking other ways (to pray) to help live their lives for the greater glory of God.
In today’s first reading, James writes:
“Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
I’m thinking of the old saying that whatever doesn’t break you only makes you stronger. I know it is hard to be joyful enduring life’s struggles. But it is my opinion that it is even more daunting to face those struggles if you don’t have a strong faith life. The only way I’m able to break through the depressed feeling is to pray and receive the blessed sacraments.
I struggle daily with so many issues: I am a sinner (and I sin) – that simple statement alone causes me to pray daily to try and become a better husband, father, friend. I struggle with how my mind wanders and the bizarre scenarios it takes me through that I pray daily to overcome. The words I use (on a spur of the moment) that can be rather curt. I hurt knowing close friends are fighting cancer. These are just some of the issues I struggle with on a daily basis. But I can tell you, my relationship with God grows stronger each day because I have developed a daily prayer habit that keeps me grounded in my faith. Life is not easy – life without prayer might just be impossible.
As with all things new in my life, I am still learning how to use this blog to its fullest potential. I’ve been trying to post links in previous posts, but not sure the “hyper” links were done properly. I’m gonna try again with some of these links today…
And a new for today…
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops