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"I kept faith, even when I said, 'I am greatly afflicted!'"​

Psalm 116:10
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

If movies had existed in King David's time, he might have entitled his life story "Apocalypse Then"!
While it appears we are living in apocalyptic times now, it wasn't exactly a bed of roses in 1000 BC either!

The psalmist was in great distress and danger as he wrote Psalm 116, but he nonetheless demonstrated the resolve of a grateful servant—not a defeated monarch—in acknowledging his Master's goodness and answer to prayer. David simply could not contain his love for the Lord, even in the darkest of times.

One of the Scriptural cross-references for today's verse is Hebrews 11:1—"Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen." This is indeed a foreign concept to those of us living in an age of light-speed technology where all knowledge seems to be at one's fingertips.

But the gist of these verses is that we are to trust even in the most difficult of times. We may grow weary—even our Savior wept tears of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane—but we must press on.

Prayer for 2nd Sunday of Lent​

O God of all that is in our universe, and caring Parent for us humans on this rock of an Earth, how much are our eyes and ears and heart strings attuned to Your Presence in all this stuff, by the words of Your prophets and writers. Do enable us to resound with vibes of positive and uplifting energy in the midst of the turmoils abounding in our world these days. We affirm time and again that it is through listening to the Spirit of Your Son Jesus that we receive the support and guidance and strength to sow seeds of optimism and good feeling among those near and dear to us.


~ Father John P. Martin, M.M.
Dinh, I am not convinced that 2017 was any better or worse than other recent years. Yes, the tensions between North Korea and the United States and South Korea and Japan intensified to the possibility of a WW III, and the 10 deadliest natural disasters of that year—severe rains in Zimbabwe; a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City; landslides in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Colombia; floods in China, Peru, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, and South Asia; and the avalanche in Afghanistan—left us speechless. But it is my prayer that we will answer God's call to strive against the forces of death and destruction—natural or man-made—by maintaining our faith even when greatly afflicted. It is our only true defense.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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