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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 1, 2020

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THURSDAY, October 1                  Therese of Lisieux

Mark 9:22 It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.

From the Archives: April 7, 1954

If, in the face of religious doubts and difficulties, we yield to the temptation to abandon what faith we have, what we are really saying is, “If I can’t understand everything, I won’t try to understand anything. If I can’t believe everything, I won’t believe anything. For me it is all or nothing.” But to take that desperate attitude is not the way we act about anything else in life, and there could be no more fatal mistake than to act thus in our relations with God.

Surely for every one of us there are truths that we do believe, there are realities in our religious experience that we can trust. If we are faithful to these truthful insights and these highest moments in our lives, our fellowship with God in Christ will grow ever closer and deeper, for he is always ready to answer our prayers.

MOVING FORWARD: Commit to memorizing the first five verses of Psalm 105 this week.

Read the contemporary reflection here.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Nasir (South Sudan), Agra (North India), and Indianapolis

Ps 105:1-22 * 105:23-45 | Hosea 5:8—6:6 | Acts 21:27-36 | Luke 6:1-11

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