Living Our Faith



Matthew 18:5
Whoever accepts a child in my name accepts me.

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; injury, pardon; doubt, faith; despair, hope; darkness, light; and sadness, joy.

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive; pardoning that we are pardoned; and dying that we are born to eternal life.

1 Corinthians 13:1, Love

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is note rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.  But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.  Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.   Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

Romans 5:1, Peace and Joy

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

John 21:15, Jesus and Peter

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you truly love me more.

than these?  Yes, Lord, he said, you know that I love you.  Jesus said, Feed my lambs.

Again Jesus said, Simon, son of John, do you truly love me?  He answered, Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.  Jesus said, Take care of my sheep.

The third time Jesus said, Simon, son of John, do you love me?  Peter was distressed that Jesus asked him a third time and said to him, Lord, you know all things, you know that I love you.  Jesus said to him, Feed my sheep.

Amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you dressed yourself and went where you wanted.  But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.  Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.

Then Jesus said, Follow me.