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Dicipleship Isn’t Easy...

Pope Francis teaches that our faith is not just about our heart and our head, it’s about our hands and our feet as well. It’s about what we do with our faith that counts—how we put that faith into action in our world.

Discipleship isn’t easy. It wasn’t easy for the first disciples either. Take a look at Peter and Paul. I love hearing about St. Peter. He screwed up so many times that it gives me lots of hope. He walks on water in faith but ends up sinking in doubt. He refuses to let Jesus wash his feet then wants his whole body cleansed. He swears he’ll never deny Jesus then does it three times. And despite all his failings, Jesus still forgives Peter. And not only that, He gives him the highest honor possible by building His church upon him.

If Peter can make a mess of things as many times as he did, then I guess I can feel confident that God will continue to forgive me as I stumble and fall throughout my journey.

One of the lessons I take from Peter’s life is that being a disciple doesn’t mean I need to be perfect. Far from it. Part of being a disciple is persistence. If I mess up I know that I can try again. And if discipleship and evangelization seem a little daunting then that’s ok too. All I can do is try to know my faith, try to live my faith and attempt to share my faith with others. And I challenge you to do the same.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."