“Let not the wise boast of his wisdom, nor the strong boast of his strength, nor the rich man boast of his riches; But rather, let those who boast, boast of this, that in their prudence they know me.” (Jer. 9:22-23) This quote from the prophet Jeremiah speaks to one of the most important virtues that can lead to a life of faith—humility. As Jeremiah knows, it is humility that leads us to know God. If one is so in love with their own wisdom, their own strength, their own wealth, they will never know the love of God. Humility is the strength to submit to the will of God. It is the strength to know that God is so much bigger than yourself.
In Luke’s gospel, we hear Jesus expanding his family to include those who hear the Word of God and act on it. Now, whether you are from a large, small, or medium-sized family, most likely, there’s not too much confusion about who is in your family and who isn’t.
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If you’ve ever gone to an Ordination of Deacons, then you have heard the bishop say these words to the newly ordained: “Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.” Every time I have heard those words, they have had the same powerful effect as the first time I heard them.
If your family prayer time feels more chaotic than cultivated, take heart and don't give up. Here are 24 ideas for family prayer time from Catholic moms just like you. Let's be real for a minute here. Family prayer time does not look like a scene from the St. Joseph Picture Books. Aside from the fact that no one is wearing plaid pajamas or brown bell bottoms, praying with children is not always the peaceful, angelic scene a book might depict. Most of the time I've got one kiddo chewing a wooden rosary, one hanging upside down from the couch, and one surreptitiously drawing in her notebook while my husband and I work to stay awake through decade number five.
Say the rosary? I can barely squeeze in a "Hail Mary." Read scripture? I’d like to, but I never get to sit down. Go to daily Mass? It would be nice, but you have got to be kidding. People give many reasons for not praying more. Close to the top of the list is the complaint that "I simply don’t have time." There are so many other important things vying for our attention. There are children and spouses and parents who need us to help them. There are household chores to complete and work to be done. The to-do list is long and the hours are short.
I want to begin by asking: how many of you like change? You might answer, it depends, is it for the good or not? And what will it take? All good questions. As we heard yesterday, there was a radical change from the time Matthew followed Jesus, both literally and in how he lived.