Brothers and Sisters,

Our weekend readings remind us that prayer always begins with an attitude. It does not matter what we’ve done, how much we have, or who we are. What does matter is what is in our hearts! The constant message has been that God hears the cries of the poor. Whatever our circumstances, humility and a concern for justice matter most. This is either consoling or challenging, depending on the state of our hearts.

When we approach the Lord in prayer, whether for help or strength, we should avoid false pretenses. Instead, we should recognize who we are – in our struggles and achievements – and stand before the Lord in honesty. This posture allows us to recognize our need for God’s grace and mercy, grow in faith, and give a more faithful witness to the Gospel.

Blessings till next week.
Monsignor Charles Antonicelli


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