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The Violent Bear It Away: Family Reflection Video

The Violent Bear It Away: Family Reflection Video

Why pray?

Can aggressive prayer be … good?

Jesus says today the “violent will bear it away.” There have been two ideas about what he meant here, one saying the Kingdom of God is under siege by those against it; the other says he is praising those who remain spiritually vigilant, fighting hard enough to make it to heaven.

Gaining admission to the Kingdom of Heaven is the most important vocation we have in our earthly life. Living in a way that welcomes Christ, whether it be slow-moving or aggressive is the first step.

What do you think? Is the Kingdom of God on hold or being filled with the militant?

Let us pray today that our souls be redeemed and we follow Jesus’s lead.

About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.

Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.