Father Kevin’s Reflection – July 12, 2015 – Since Jesus Christ Is the Founder…His Catholic Church is the Perfect Faith
As a Catholic, you, by His Mercy (not your willing it), are on the most winning team of all…a team that was brought together by the Son of God and continues to be coached by the Holy Spirit of God. The Hall of Fame located in Heaven is filled with millions of outstanding players called the Saints and (if we desire), we can share the playing field with them everyday…if we want.
It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer for “Ole Notre Dame” (which by the way is Latin for “Our Lady”). If we truly realized what a championship team God has given us in His Church, we would carry the excitement of being on the winning team in such a way that others would want to join the team.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wants us to do just that, which is why he declared “Year of Faith” in 2013! He said:
“Faith commits every one of us to become a living sign of the presence of the Risen Lord in the world. What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end.”
Taking steps to deepen our faith and share our faith puts us on the way to being credible witnesses of God; all the while giving us the joy that comes from being on the winning team. And, unlike games we have to experience to find out how it turns out…we already know our team is going to win! What does our Book of Faith teach…what does the book of Revelation say? It says God wins! So if God wins and you’re on His team, then you win too! Please take advantage of the special graces God is bestowing on the Church. The graces are there for the asking…as long as you work to put them into practice. With all the time you do to be successful in matters of this world, could you spend just a fraction of that time each day watching out for your faith? I know you can. We all can. The reward is ours…to be hooting and hollering and high-fiving forever with all the Saints in Heaven! “The victory that conquers the world is our faith.” (1 Jn. 5:4)
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