Make Up Your Mind!


Easter is a time of great joy with the promise of eternal life given to us by the Risen Lord but He came back to a hostile environment.  Even his apostles didn’t believe he had risen, including Thomas, who had to see him and touch his wounds.  He had to see before he could believe!

Today, His message of salvation faces the same hostility and disbelief.  In the hi-tech, science driven world we live in, people think you need to use reason in order to believe something to be true.  It seems that every generation has its “doubting Thomas’.”  His message is rejected by large numbers of doubting Catholics.  Only 22% attend weekly mass.  And a large group of young Catholics have become “nones” believing in nothing.

Every generation wants to see before they can believe but the Lord admonishes the doubters in the upper room when he says “blessed are those who have not seen but believe.”  We are faced with the same doubts as those at the time of the resurrection.

Here are some thoughts in dealing with any doubts you may have.  First pray “Lord help my unbelief”.  Then practice the virtue of Faith, which helps us to believe, and finally understand how to counteract what the secular world practices.

Easter gives us hope that this life isn’t meaningless.  Jesus, the hope of eternal life, walks beside us just as he did with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.  Pray for the gift of faith which can open the eyes and ears of your heart to his saving message just as their hearts were. 

Have you made up your mind to “keep the faith”?

~Jeanne Leonardi


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