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St. Paul of the Cross

Romans 4:1-8
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
Luke 12:1-7

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faith forming the future

“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as justice.” —Romans 4:3

In the year 2000, the Church celebrated the Year of the Great Jubilee. “The primary objective” of the Great Jubilee was to be “the strengthening of faith” (Towards the Third Millennium, 42). The year 2012-2013 was declared by the Church to be the Year of Faith. If we had let the Lord Jesus prepare us in both the Great Jubilee year and the Year of Faith, we should be seeing an ever-increasing faith in the Lord.

By faith, we will be able to restore justice to our society and live in the freedom of the Great Jubilee (see Lv 25:8ff). By faith, we will see debts forgiven, especially the debt of sin. By faith, we will set free the hundreds of millions of people enslaved by addictions, compulsions, anxieties, fears, and self-hatred. By faith, our culture of death will be replaced with a civilization of love and life. Our culture will be permeated with the Gospel of Jesus (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 899).

Who, then, is conqueror of the world? The one who has faith that Jesus is the Son of God (see 1 Jn 5:5). “The power that has conquered the world is this faith of ours” (1 Jn 5:4). Believe and receive the heritage of faith.

Prayer:  Jesus, I have faith. Help my lack of faith (see Mk 9:24).

Promise:  Fear nothing.” —Lk 12:7

Praise:  St. Paul of the Cross wrote, “When the cross of our dear Jesus has planted its roots more deeply in your hearts, then you will rejoice.”

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Pride and Faith, listen to, download or order CD 64-1 or DVD 64 on our website.)

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