FAITH AND GOOD WORKS
“My brothers, what good is it to profess faith without practicing it? Such faith has no power to save one, has it? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and no food for the day, and you say to them “Good-bye and good luck! Keep warm and well fed,” but do not meet their bodily needs. What good is that? So it is with faith that does nothing in practice. It is thoroughly lifeless.” ……..Be assured, then, that faith without works is as dead as a body without breath.” St. James 2:14-17,26
WOW! Pretty direct and clear as to how to live our lives. Lent is on our doorstep. And what we usually think of at this time is the ‘giving up.’ And much of what we think of to give up can be something that we should be doing anyway–for ourselves and health like losing weight or helping out temporarily somewhere. Helping out should maybe be part of our permanent lives and not just 40 days and nights worth. Any giving up that is sacrificial and really has meaning is a good thing. We just should not concentrate on giving up the ‘chocolate’ and think that that is all there is to it—Lent. God calls us to action, every day in as many ways as the opportunity offers. Prayer is action and one that we are constantly called to in order to love God and our ‘neighbor’ more completely. The Bible is the book that should be part of our lives, but unfortunately many homes do not have one. Lent would be a wonderful time to start reading Bible stories to our children and ourselves. Make God and all His saints and friends part of our real lives. Real people did these miraculous things for love of our Creator. Read and get to know them—better than Star Wars! Go over to Dedham–the Pauline book store– and begin your Lenten journey with the ‘Good Book’. Get to know the real meaning of Love, a commodity that this world certainly has distorted. Go to Mass more often. Stop in and sit with our Lord and know the peace which He offers us. Be at the Stations of the Cross on Fridays. Say the Rosary in church with others, by yourself, on TV etc. Read the Bulletin and come to the Lenten services offered. Find your Lenten moment and live accordingly.
A personal note: This I usually do not do in this Bulletin space. But MANY of you have found out that my husband was suddenly taken sick with cancer at Christmas time and consequently has spent much time in and out of the hospital since. They and we, my family, have flood the gates of heaven with more prayers than even I know about. And we, especially my husband, have been the beneficiaries of this out pouring. Prayers work!!!! We have felt the love in more ways than one can count. He is positively responding after the doctor told him that if the first 48 hours of mega doses would not work, then he had a week to live. And here he is, getting stronger and waiting for the spring (another of God’s good works) to end these treatments and go home cured. How many times have we all thought that “I’ll do it myself.” Never again. WE need each other and we will never accomplish anything without God as our co-pilot. Thank you to all seems such a small thing but it is all I have and with the knowledge that you all will remain in our prayers of thanksgiving for the rest of our lives. This is truly the living Prayer Line.