This weekend’s Gospel Reading speaks to us about prayer, and our stance regarding prayer. Jesus tells us that when the Pharisee prayed to God, he was praising himself in God’s eyes. However, the tax collector prayed to God begging His mercy and forgiveness. Jesus tells us that the tax collector came away justified while the Pharisee did not. This speaks to us about our attitude toward prayer. Jesus tells us that our prayer is to be focused on God and not on ourselves. Prayer is not the time for us to brag to God about our goodness, but is rather a time of radical honesty when we realize that we are who we are by God’s grace. It is God’s grace that makes us holy and like Him, and enables us to do good works of love. It helps us to be compassionate, loving, merciful and forgiving. Let us take some time this week to thank God for His many gifts in our lives.
The Year of Mercy is coming to an end in November. At our recent Clergy Conference, Bishop Cunningham challenged the priests to do something for the Year of Mercy that would be able to be continued in the life of the parish. I would like to continue offering daily confessions to the people of St. Anthony’s Parish. I will try to be in the confessional every weekday at 8:00 AM offering God’s mercy and forgiveness to anyone who seeks it. I would like to invite the people of St. Anthony’s to take advantage of this opportunity
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