Catholic Atheist Week 5: We say we believe in God, but we don’t think we can change

As we wrap of our Lenten Series “Catholic Atheist,” even though our life’s circumstances are crazy difficult for so many of us at this time, there are also many blessings and opportunities for us to grow in faith. As many of you know, we have been “live streaming” Masses and devotions, and we will continue to do so, all the way through Easter. The sad fact that we cannot gather at this time to worship and receive the Sacraments does not dampen the fact that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life, and in the coming weeks, we will celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death as joyfully as ever. Please join us at churchofstjohn.com or on our Church of St. John Facebook page for daily praye

*A PRAYER AMID AN EPIDEMIC*

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the v

Catholic Atheist Week 3: We say we believe in God, but we worry

In this Lenten series, we’re looking at the disconnect between the faith we profess, and our words and actions; sometimes we betray our faith, and we speak or act like atheists. Today we will talk about worry, which we recently dedicated an entire series talking about – our January series entitled “Greater Than.” You can find that on my blog on the church website, and in my weekend video message on our church Facebook page. Jesus says in a few places in the Bible not to worry. Worry (apart from the disorder of anxiety) is something we all have, and it is a lack of trust in God. We may have various worries about ourselves, depending on our circumstances; or we may worry about others. In

“Catholic Atheist” Week 2: Persevering in Prayer

We’ve been talking about the disconnect or gap between our faith and our life, and last week we spoke about truly believing, at the level of our inner being, our heart, our core identity, that the God we profess to believe truly loves us. Today’s topic is the disconnect between how much we want to pray or feel called to pray, and how much we actually pray. Bringing up this topic, you and I might feel guilty because we do fall short, and it is very easy to fall out of a healthy habit of daily prayer. In Luke 11:5-13, Jesus teaches about prayer, and he describes the image of a man who persistently asks his friend or neighbor for food, knocking on his door in the middle of the night. Jesus

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