By Robert Stackpole, STD,
Director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said: “It is not the magnitude of our actions, but the amount of love that we put into them that matters.” In that sense, the intercessory prayers of one perfectly pure, innocent, and trusting heart are of more value to God — that is, He takes them as the most complete invitation and “permission” to intervene in our lives and help us — than many thousands of half-hearted supplications from the lukewarm and the languid. The best thing of all, therefore, would be for many pure and trusting hearts to pray to God for the same good intentions. That would really “open the floodgates” to all the merciful love that our Father wants to pour out upon us!
We are to pray together, especially in virtue of Christ’s Passion, at the 3 o’clock hour. And then stand back, and watch out. The doors of the world are then wide open to the God of Mercy, the Good Shepherd, and the King of Kings, who right now, even today, “stands at the door and knocks”(Rev 3:20). He will work in our lives in surprising, and even powerful ways. Broken families can be reconciled, and broken bodies healed, broken hearts mended, and lost faith restored.
Be Proud that You're a Catholic
- The Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to that Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.
- The Catholic Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.
- The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics - in the United States today.”
“A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.
Walk with your shoulders high and your head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States.
Then remember what Jeremiah said: ‘Standby the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’ Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions. Be proud that you’re a Catholic.”
Excerpt from an article written by non-Catholic, Sam Miller, a prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman
Courtesy of Father Edward Palumbos, Pastor,
Church of the Assumption