St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Living the Moral Life 68

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Prayer, faith, and the things of faith not seen, are the driving force of the faith seen. We will be motivated to do works, in so far as we have a relationship with Jesus. If our relationship with Jesus is weak, our works will be weak. If we have a strong relationship with Jesus, our desire to do the will of God will be stronger. How close are you to Jesus?

Yet, at the same time, doing the will of God can help our relationship with Jesus. Praying is like a phone call. Imagine if your relationship with a spouse was only through a phone call. You might get frustrated with that kind of relationship if that is all that it promised. A good strong relationship is one where the two do things together. God wants you to do things with Him. Like grandma and grandpa, He is there for us, watching our games, attending our graduations, weddings and all the other events in our lives. Are we with Him in His activities?

What are the activities of God? First of all, the Sacraments. But the activities outside the Mass, Baptisms and Holy Matrimony are the Corporal Works of Mercy and Spiritual Works of Mercy. The Corporal Works of Mercy are: to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to harbour the harbourless, to visit the sick, to ransom the captive, and to bury the dead (Mt 25:31-46). We cannot sit back in our pews, worship, and ignore our faith the rest of the days of the week. God demands that we help those in need. It is not a demand of a tyrant. It is a desire of a person who passionately loves you. He loves you enough to die for you and for those whom Jesus would have you serve.

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are: to instruct the ignorant, to counsel the doubtful, to admonish sinners, to bear wrongs patiently, to forgive offences willingly, to comfort the afflicted, and to pray for the living and the dead. Many people today may find these outright offensive. But they are a means of grace for all. Letting people know about the love of God is not an evil. Love demands that we honor the dignity of all people. This might mean we are corrected in our behavior. It might mean that we learn more about our faith. It might mean that we take time to help others in their faith struggles.

We cannot let our faith just be active on Sunday mornings, or just the Sunday mornings that we decide to go to church. When we say we believe something, we say it is reality. God is love. Do you believe this? Are you willing to act on it?

Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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