“Believe and Live the Faith”

April 27 Acts 6: 8-15; Jn. 6:22-29

“Then the Jews asked him, “What shall we do?  What are the works that God wants us to do?”  And Jesus answered them, “The work God wants is this: that you believe in the One whom God sent.”

My work is to believe in Jesus–to live out that belief in the celebration of the Sacraments, feeding the hungry, and the practice of the works of mercy.  I met with youth leader, and had lunch. spent day hanging out in Hollywood. I am damn tired. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

April 28 Peter Chanel and Louis Mary de Montfort

Acts 7:51-8:1; Jn. 6:30-35

We water down our faith today. We are afraid to offend. We are afraid of losing money and prestige. But Stephen in our Acts reading put his life on the line. He died for witnessing to Jesus. He did not flinch. Today we need to stand for Jesus, today we need to put our faith in action–stand up in the areas of being for same sex marriage, poverty, abuse–we can not waffle, for in so doing we lose who we are. There are risks to be taken, but it is in those risks that we find life.  Stephen prayed in his dying moments.  Here he was,  a man being stoned to death, actually praying for his murderers. Stephen died as violently as any person ever did, and yet he died with as much composure as if he had been going to sleep, knowing full well that he would wake again in the morning of the resurrection, and be received into the presence of God, where he would receive his fullness of joy. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

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