Praying for Strength

Dear Parishioners,

 There are times in life when our responsibilities are frightening. There are times in life when we feel we can no longer carry the burden that has been placed upon us. There are times in life when we feel like Jesus who cried out in the Garden of Gethsemane, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” – Matthew 26:39

When times of crisis like this come, what should we do? We should do what Jesus did. We should turn to God in prayer. Right after Jesus prayed to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, Luke says, “An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” – Luke 22:43

I’d like to conclude by paraphrasing today’s responsorial psalm:

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He guides me in right paths for His Name Sake.
Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I will not fear. 
Though I be crushed by heavy burdens, I will not falter. 
For the Lord walks beside me.
He studies me and strengthens me.
And when my life fades
like the fading sunset,
He will escort me into His Home
to live with Him for ever and ever.”

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick