Posted by: fvbcdm | October 26, 2011

Feast of Saint Evaristus (26 Oct 2011)

At every Mass offered throughout the world every day, the Catholic community prays the Our Father: the prayer that Our Lord gave to his disciples when they asked him to teach them to pray. And two of the petitions of the Our Father are “Thy kingdom come” and “Thy will be done.”
 
With those words of Our Lord in mind, I go to read the daily newspaper. And what do I find? Terrorism, violence, war, revolution, parents abusing their own children to the point sometimes even of death, drug trafficking, lying under oath, and on and on.
 
We cannot allow the evils of this world to discourage us, but we must overcome evil with good, as Scripture tells us. So as the Our Father ends and the following prayer of the Mass succeeds it, we pray: Deliver us, Lord, from every evil and grant us peace in our day. Keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior.
 
What are the main causes of anxiety nowadays? Surely some of them are financial difficulties in our world, bad health, the failure of our efforts to make a living, war, and all forms of violence. Can we solve these problems? No, we can’t. But God can, and we are asked to rely upon God to do what we cannot do.
 
Just before the Communion in our Mass, we pray: Lamb of God, have mercy on us; have mercy on us, give us peace. Peace, as Saint Augustine tells us, is the tranquility of ORDER. Let us work eagerly for that in our hearts, homes, families, communities, nations, and the world at large.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

 

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