In the Bible, the Lord has given us many wonderful prayers. Prayers for all sorts of moments in our lives. The whole of the Book of Psalms and many other prayers, which we find interspersed throughout the Scriptures. For example, the Our Father, the quintessential prayer.
Today’s gospel from Luke begins like in many family conversations, with someone interrupting, and probably like in our families, the topic quickly changes. It goes from Jesus trying to reassure the disciples about not fearing persecution for their faith to being on guard against the vice of greed.
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Today’s Gospel and Fr. Leo’s homily from yesterday reminded me of the need to have patient trust in Jesus. The other day driving down a busy single-lane road, the car in front of me stopped to make a left turn, except it couldn’t because there was a long line, as far as I could see, of headlights streaming toward us, preventing that car from turning.
On this date, October 7, in 1571, Turkish invaders, intending to begin a massive assault on Europe, were defeated and stopped in the naval Battle of Lepanto, off the Greek coast. Months before, the Pope, Saint Pius V, fearing what a Turkish conquest would mean to Christian Europe, began an intense campaign of prayer of the Rosary to stop this invasion.
In the opening couple of lines in the movie PRAY, about the life of Venerable Patrick Peyton, Seamus, an Irishman, half-jokingly says the phrase, "you can't make this up." Seamus is referring to the incredible story about to be retold through the movie—it is all true; it all happened. The story of how Father Peyton, a young Irishman, left Ireland for America, an immigrant who came to live with his sister in Scranton, PA, and would go on to become a priest known the world over.
An Easy Company infantry veteran describes how he learned how essential listening is. His drill instructor warned that listening is a matter of life and death. The recruits were distracted by a plane flying overhead as the commander spoke. Two paratroopers jumped out, and all watched in horror as one parachute failed to open. That jumper hit the ground at over 100 mph—blood and guts splattered everywhere. Then the drill instructor told the shocked onlookers to relax; it had only been a dummy; and a lesson that all dummies must listen.