October 20, 2019
Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Faith requires perseverance in order to receive what God has
planned for us. It is easy to get weary in prayer especially when
God does not grant our petitions immediately. But faith is
proven over time. Do you continue to pray and to believe even
when you do not see results?
In the gospel this Sunday we are assured that God promises to
answer the prayers of His chosen ones who call out to Him day
and night (Lk. 18:7). When Jesus says the words, “day and
night,” He implies that we must not stop begging God for what
we need. Don’t give up praying! Only persevering prayer gets
answered by God.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say: “We are not called to
be successful; we are called to be faithful.” Being faithful is our
success. If we persevere in prayer the Lord will find us ready to
receive what we ask of Him.
God bless you,
HIS HOLINESS, POPE FRANCIS
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MOST REVEREND DAVID J. MALLOY
Bishop of Rockford
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Rockford, IL 61125
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