September 2015
Reflections of God's Goodness

The world seems a little crazy to me lately! The political process seems to have gone wild and it is hard to determine who is for what and who speaks the truth. Nearly all of us, regardless of political persuasion, find ourselves worrying about our country and the legislative process.

It’s hard to make sense of it all and truthfully, we sometimes fear for future generations. Will they know God when God has been erased from the public square? The history of God’s relationship with His people, the Bible, is no longer considered relevant to our daily lives.

As Catholics, we believe that insight from Scripture can inform and guide our lives. God’s word tells us,“For God did not give us a spirit of fear but rather of power and love and self-control.” (2Timothy 1:7)

Jesus instructed His followers to:

Ask and you shall receive,
seek and you shall find.

Take these words into your heart—they are a source of hope for the present time.

God is interested in politicians and in legislative process. I sometimes wonder if we take that seriously enough and ask God for help in areas that are considered secular. Faith is not just for Sundays. Faith is the underlying belief that God created us and God has a plan for all of us. He calls each of us personally to love and to build the kingdom in our world. Look at Pope Francis. From the moment he became Pope, he has been the visible presence of faith in the world. He is living his faith day in and day out and out loud! We are learning from him about our mission to love.

In the weeks ahead, we will see and hear more and more about his upcoming visit. His first stop is to families from around the world who have gathered in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Pray for Pope Francis and all the families gathered together to celebrate their common faith and mission to love.

Then Pope Francis will address Congress. Amazing! Let us pray for Pope Francis as he addresses Congress. Clearly he’s not short on courage, and with his experience in the political process in Argentina, he has the potential to make a real difference. Let us pray that God will prepare the hearts and minds of our Congress to receive what he brings. Let us pray for ourselves, too, that we will open our ears, our eyes and our hearts to the message Pope Francis brings to America.

May the God of hope fill you with
all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Blessings,

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Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn
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Therefore I tell you,
all that you ask for in prayer,
believe that you will receive it
and it shall be yours.

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