Growing in Faith
Growing In Faith During A Pandemic
Gathering at Mass, sitting next to friends and other families packed in the pews, seems like a distant dream. Many of us are growing weary and long to go back to Mass indoors as we remember it. We want to dip our fingers in holy water as we enter our parish doors and sit where our heart desires. We want to hold hands at the Our Father, share the sign of peace, and receive communion on the tongue. In our hearts we cry out, "Enough is enough!".
“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.”
The entire world contines to navigate and adapt to the affects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Anyone who thought this might be a short term disruption to our lives, especially our faith lives, can see now that it is all but short term. Our experience with Mass, our prayer life or routines, our involvement in ministry and faith formation all may have changed and been disrupted. However one thing has not changed. God never changes. He is still with us as He has been since the beginning of time. We may feel disconnected from Him sometimes. It may be more difficult to feel His presence with us. But, one thing we know for sure...He will never leave us.
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
~Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
God's promise that "I will never leave you nor forsake you" is found in multiple books of the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments. With this promise, we can be assured that He is always with us and encouraged to always be with God in faith and spirit. (www.biblestudytools.com)
We are all challenged to seek the Lord, pray and exercise our faith in new creative ways. This is true for every single Catholic in the world right now. We are not alone because God is with us, but we also are not alone because we are all in the same boat. Use the resources below and share any great Catholic faith resources you might have by emailing the Office of Religious Education at [email protected] New studies, retreats, prayers, and Catholic links will be edited and added weekly.
The Year of St Joesph
Knights of Columbus
- Resources for building a meaningful Domestic Church
- Lenten Family Reflection Kit
- Family Faith Formation materials
The Catholic Company
- Bite size snippits of our Catholic Faith