Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hang In There

Read Hebrews 10:35-36

From August 14-16, St. Mary's Parish has been celebrating the Feast of St. Rocco. St. Rocco is an example of perseverance. And nothing will test one's perseverance like an illness. Faith will be tested. Look to Saint Rocco as inspiration. Not only did St. Rocco contract the plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century, he was thrown in prison. He looked so bedraggled, and scary that he was imprisoned for vagrancy and just looking suspicious. Having no resources to fight the unjust incarceration, he died in prison, after being there for five years.

Catholics are fortunate to be able to look to our saints for example, in our own trials. We also have Mary to make the path to God easier to follow. If she can endure watching a child be accused, scourged, suffer, humiliated, and crucified, then
we can persevere with confidence.

After reading Hebrews 10: 35-36; look up the definitions to Confident, Persevere and Complete. Which of these words mean the most to you, right now.

Praise be to God.

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