Thursday, November 5, 2015

When Catholics Act Like Prayers Don't Work



Once again, the Patrick Madrid Show provided me with some fodder for the ol' weblog.

Today on his show, Patrick talked about an opinion piece that focused on the need for Christians to do more to help with the persecution going on in the Middle East.

Maybe I was focusing too much on one specific aspect of the article, but what stuck with me was the idea that we "need to do more than just sit around and pray."

I think it's really easy to respond to this with a resounding "Amen!"

We can just sit around and pray the problems away, can we? We need to take action! Faith without works is dead!

Right?

Well, faith without faith is also dead.

I think that we also do ourselves a serious disservice when we act as if prayer doesn't work.

We have gotten into a groove where we tell people we'll pray for them, quickly toss up an intention, and move on our way.

But do we actually think that our prayer does something tangible? Does we really feel that asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to help our neighbor's son who is battling cancer actually makes a difference? Do we really believe that our prayers can change the course of events in our day-to-day lives?

We should. And we should act like it.

Prayer is doing something! Much more, in reality, than giving a few bucks to an organization.

Yeah, that's controversial, I know. But, I have more faith in God than in Catholic Charities, to be honest...if that makes me a jerk, so be it.

Prayer is powerful, really and actually powerful.

Believe it...and pray like you believe it!

If we actually act out our belief that prayers make a serious difference, we will convert the world.

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