WEDNESDAY HOMILY: Faith Straightens our Priorities
Gospel of Jesus Christ in a world that lives in a state of rejection of the reign of Christ.
Here are a few practical ways we can allow our faith to form our priorities:
1. Place the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where it needs to be, in number one position. It is the source and summit of our faith. Is it the center of your life? Following the Mass our priorities should look like this: God, spouse, children, apostolate/work, myself - in that order. Ordering the Mass first should order the rest in its place.
1. Frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation. When faith has been wounded by sin, it needs to be healed by repentance. Go to confession. Frequently.
1. Read the Mass Readings as the source of your prayer and communion with God. Scripture engenders faith, and since faith comes through hearing, faith will increase when you hear the message of salvation and truth.
1. Pray the Rosary. The Rosary is the compendium of the Gospel. The mysteries of the Rosary help us to appropriate our lives to the life of Jesus Christ. Mary is the Mother of our Faith. Her valuable and powerful intercession will help you grow in faith.
1. Learn your faith. Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and if you are really enthusiastic, read the Documents of Vatican II. This year of faith is the 20th anniversary of the Catechism and the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.
1. Get rid of all models of what it means to be a man and place the life of Jesus Christ and the saints as your goal to imitate and emulate. For women, look to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a model of womanhood and femininity.
1. Read a Catholic News source that can inform your worldview from a faith perspective. Discern world events from a Christ-centered perspective
1. Celebrate your faith! To be Catholic means to be fully alive. Gather with your family, especially on Sunday, the day of the Lord, the day of families, to celebrate the gift of your faith in a community setting.
May the prayers of Saint Ignatius of Antioch and of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, the Mother of God and our Mother, help us to allow faith's demands to order our lives to the Gospel that all nations may know the love and justice of God.
Father Samuel Medley, SOLT, is a young priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, and is currently based in Hythe, Kent, United Kingdom. He is a speaks to groups around the world on Blessed Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Visit his homily blog http://medleyminute.blogspot.com or his blog on sexual ethics http://loveandresponsibility.org.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Year of Faith, Faith, Priorities, St Ignatius of Antioch
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