Feed the flock

During mass this weekend we hear multiple times where food was multiplied to feed the masses. Nobody could believe that they had enough to feed the multitudes but God found a way. Even the leftovers were more than what they started with. These miracles I read and heard about but never understood them in my life.
During the homily this weekend when I heard it again I had a thought that I never had before. I was too focused on the story and not the message. It helped because last week at the Youth Conference in Steubenville, OH the message I heard was that God takes you where you are and helps improve you for the better.
The message I heard was that God will take what you give (even though you believe it isn’t enough) and He uses it to provide what is needed. I put off opening A Lost Sheep because I didn’t have startup capital but I’m glad I just moved forward now. God helped me with what I needed.
Please pray for me and I will pray for you that we will use what we got to take care of what is needed knowing that God will make up the difference.

Founding Fathers

I find that our founding fathers all belonged to a religion and were excited to be free to practice that religion.  You can see from the very last sentence in the Declaration of Independence which states “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”  This divine Providence defined by basic theological definitions is God’s care for his people.  So, the very document the founding fathers created stated that for our Declaration of Independence to continue would be based upon a firm reliance of God’s care for his people.  This means to me that while we will not enforce our religion on others, we should also allow our God to support our form of government that we have chosen.

When we start to remove God from our country’s basis is when we start treading on a slippery slope.  We need to understand that God is vital to our very existence as people and for our nation.  Removing the influence of religion is different than relying upon God.  Our country’s leadership should engage more in reciting the Our Father and less in supporting laws and rulings that are a contradiction to God’s law.  I call all to pray for our country and to ask God to always help us to get back on course so we all align ourselves with a firm reliance of divine Providence.