St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Vocations Corner: Good Behavior?

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Sometimes we can think hearing what God desires from us is like a reward for good behavior; “If I am good, then God will tell me what He wants me to do.” That is not necessarily the case. In fact, there are MANY instances when God called somebody when they weren’t living healthy lives. Take St. Paul for example. He was on his way to imprison and murder Christians when God called him from that way of life to a more perfect way of living. The same can be true for us- maybe not to the extent of St. Paul- but we don’t have to “be good” in order to hear His voice, but rather it will be His voice that leads us to a more healthy and perfect way of living. We simply have to give God the space to communicate His desires for us. Because once we do that, we begin to discover that His desires are in fact the deepest desires of our own hearts.
– Fr. Sean Grismer

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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