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Monday, October 1, 2001

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St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Zechariah 8:1-8
Psalm 102
Luke 9:46-50

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"Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it in those days be impossible in My eyes also, says the Lord of hosts?" —Zechariah 8:6

The Lord wants us to have an ever-increasing faith that He is the God of the impossible. He wants us to say with the Archangel Gabriel and believe with Mary that "nothing is impossible with God" (Lk 1:37). The Lord says to us what He said to Nathanael: "You will see much greater things than that" (Jn 1:50). Jesus even says: "Amen, Amen, I say to you, the one who has faith in Me will do the works I do, and greater than these" (Jn 14:12, our transl). The Lord wants our faith to be deeper, and the effects of our faith to be greater.

The world wants us to have an ever-decreasing faith. Our secular humanistic culture insinuates that the parting of the Red Sea was a natural phenomenon, the virgin-birth is folklore, Jesus' multiplication of the loaves and fish was merely getting stingy people to share, Jesus' walking on the water was symbolic, Jesus' miracles of healing were psychosomatic, Jesus' victories over the devil were misunderstandings about epilepsy and mental illness, etc.

The textual evidence behind these revisions of the Christian faith is minimal. The more recent attempts to debunk the miraculous are not based on scientific data but unscientific prejudice. They are blatant contrivances for the purpose of weakening the faith of Christians.

Believe much more, not less.

Prayer:  Father, "I believe! Help my lack of faith" (Mk 9:24, our transl).

Promise:  "Whoever welcomes this little child on My account welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me welcomes Him Who sent Me; for the least one among you is the greatest." —Lk 9:48

Praise:  Manuel prayed a novena to St. Therese for the intention that his son find a job. On the last day of the novena, his son was offered a good job.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert A. Stricker, May 8, 2001

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 18, 2001