trust

DEAR FATHER | Father knows best: Trusting God when it comes to prayer

I often pray to God, but he never seems to answer my prayers. What am I doing wrong? 

St. Augustine, in his writings on the Sermon on the Mount — one of the places in Scripture Jesus encourages us to ask, seek and knock for the Father's answer to our needs in prayer — comments on why God does not seem to answer our prayers. He lists four reasons.

COMING OF AGE | What are you waiting for? Trust!

Recently a colleague shared his experiences of the 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and told us how he was re-energized by the powerful testimonies there. As I listened to him and looked into the event, the theme of the LA Youth Day prior to the congress caught my attention.

Nearly 13,000 teens who attended the youth day were asked, "What are you waiting for?" This theme challenged the teens not to delay living out their faith.

Have you ever put off a decision or action that you knew you needed to make? Did you reflect on why you hesitated to take that step?

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | 'Great gift' of poverty leads to total trust in God

The readings for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time illustrate a simple point: poverty that leads to total trust in God is the greatest gift we can experience on this earth.

In the first reading, the prophet Elijah told the Israelites that God would withhold rain as punishment for their disobedience.

POPE'S MESSAGE | In family relations, good manners are no joke

Pope Francis gestured toward the crowd as he pointed out a statue of Our Lady of Fatima May 13 at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope prayed in front of the statue, present for the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue is a copy of the original in Fatima, Portugal.

VATICAN CITY -- The closer two people are to each other, the more care is required in respecting the other's freedom and feelings, Pope Francis said.

Even Jesus knocks at the door of a person's heart awaiting permission to enter, he said May 13 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

"Intimacy does not authorize you to take everything for granted," he said, starting a series of audience talks he said would look at the "real life" of families today.

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