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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Men like weapons. And they revere those who wield them for good. Think I'm nuts? How else do you explain a movie about fighter jets and pilots becoming the highest-grossing film of 2022, coming in at a cool $1.4 billion at the box office this year?
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.
There are three persons in the story Jesus tells us today: there is (1) the guest who turned up unexpectedly at his friend's house, (2) the owner of the house, and (3) the third, a neighbor friend who is asked for three loaves of bread in the middle of the night. Which one of these three should we identify with?
Maria Riley describes how she has learned to turn tiny pockets of time over to God. When I run into other moms at church, in the neighborhood, or the grocery store, I find that I am having the same conversation over and over. I say, “Hi! How are you?” and she replies, “Busy!”