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Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Faith of the Poor

"The body is one, though it has many parts." 1 Cor 12:12

Often I find myself praying in gratitude for the people I have met along the way, especially people who could easily have walked away from faith because their journey was so difficult. Many of these people, especially today in the midst of the sexual abuse crisis, are the cornerstones of our parishes and faith communities, and my privilege has been to meet many in the developing world where their contact with parishes as we know them is limited. Strong in their faith, these powerful and committed believers continue to study, reflect and celebrate the mysteries of faith despite their poverty. They are, for me, contemporary heroes because they understand that the body is one, but has many parts. I not only admire them, try to emulate them.

St Paul regularly boasts about the believers who came to faith through his ministry. Never claiming them for himself, but for Christ, Paul reminds them that they "have the mind of Christ," and it will sustain them. Knowing how difficult it is to live their faith when few support them, Paul holds up the glory of their witness to Christ as an example for all to follow.

Today, boast about someone others ignore.

What helps you endure in faith on a daily basis?

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