Prayer Begins with Faith and Ends with Faith

The thought behind today’s Gospel account is perseverance in prayer. So often when people go to God in prayer they are focused on themselves. After all, it’s all about me and what I want. Right?

Well that is not genuine prayer. Genuine prayer is asking God to conform our will to his will for our

life. God knows what is in our best interests and he will always provide that. God truly does have a plan for each one of us. However, there are times we can become frustrated because we don’t understand why things happen. The reality is, God sees the whole picture and always makes things work out for the good.

Prayer is powerful and God truly does answer all prayers. As I write this, I am thinking of how God is answering our prayers for an increase in shepherds to serve the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. These past few years have seen an increase in the number of men ordained to the priesthood for our archdiocese. Yes, God does answer our prayers!

This past October 4th we had the annual dinner for St. Francis de Sales Seminary at the Wisconsin Center. Over 1200 people were in attendance from across our venerable archdiocese. It was a sight to behold and an awesome affirmation of our priests and seminarians, even in the midst of our having to continue to deal with the abuse scandal that has rocked the Church. To see these men gather as a group and express their love for Jesus and his Church was edifying. It reminded me of the great joy I find in being a priest. Yes, God does answer our prayers!

We, at St. Joseph Parish, are blessed to have one of our own in formation for the ordained priesthood. Oliver Niles is in his second year of academic studies, along with spiritual and human formation. Oliver exhibits an enthusiasm for his vocation that is beyond words. Please keep Oliver in your prayers each day as he continues on his journey. Yes, God does answer our prayers!

Prayer is powerful. Prayer sustains us. Prayer deepens our relationship with the Lord. The power of prayer is beyond us. As Jesus told us a couple of Sundays ago, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Prayer begins with faith and ends with faith. Trust God, have courage, be not afraid. Yes, God does answer our prayers!!!

— Fr. Dennis, October 20, 2019