St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Keeping the light of faith lit takes work and help from our neighbor. We grow in faith by sharing our faith in word and action. The more we share, the stronger our faith becomes. It starts with our interior thoughts about our faith. Then we share what is good and helps what keeps the faith alive in our hearts. We all need a witness of God’s goodness once in a while. We need to hear the stories of little triumphs to help us realize God is there and does listen to our prayers.

We also need to see God in action in our neighbor. Doing God’s work together brings us a unity and helps us form a community of love. It is an opportunity to glorify our Lord through our bodies. So, glorifying God involves the mind, words and actions. Body and soul are incorporated in the praise we bring to Him. Whenever we bring integration into our worship or praise of God, the more we grow in faith.

Some people are more attuned than others to various aspects of faith. Some are more attentive and skilled at prayer, some at charity work, and others at witnessing. Either way, we are all called to grow in all these areas. God stretches us into the person He wants us to be. We may not be proficient or be a professional at any of these things, but we become closer to Jesus. It makes our faith more well-rounded and stable in our faith.

Many times a person grows by leaps and bounds when they discover the faith in a new way. Then it starts to dry up and they do not get anything out of the faith. A good way out of that dryness is to focus on an area of the faith that may be lacking. It could be in education, prayers, devotions, liturgy, charity work, faith sharing, being involved in the Church or even giving. Actually, a lack in one area in the faith could be limiting the growth of a person who is struggling.

Faith is work. It is also something very beautiful. It is something we need to see in others. Do you see it in others? How many people would see it in you?

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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