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In Sunday’s Gospel, the apostles say to Jesus: “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). Who among us hasn’t felt as if his or her faith is too small—for trying times or for even the challenges of everyday life? Jesus assures them—and us—that even a little faith can be very powerful. One small act of kindness, one courageous voice saying no or yes, one baby step of trust in God—all of these small acts of faith can have significant impact on ourselves and others.
In the Second Reading, Saint Paul encourages us to “stir into flame the gift of God that you have. . . . For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord . . . ; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God” (2 Timothy 1:6–8).
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Month of the Most Holy Rosary, and Respect Life Month. Find a short video from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for Respect Life Month here. The Synod on the Amazon begins this Sunday and continues through 10/27. We have a lot of concerns to pray for. May our faith inspire us to witness to the dignity of all human life—whether that be the unborn, the elderly or infirm, those in abusive relationships, the indigenous people of the Amazon region, or the children we teach.
Let us pray… May our faith in God, who loves all of his Creation, be enough to effect change in a world that is so desperately in need of our Christian witness. Amen.
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