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Four Ways to Increase Faith and Trust in God...

Today our guest blogger is Randy Hain, author of Joyful Witness: How to Be an Extraordinary Catholic.  To learn more about the book—or to share stories of faith—click here.

Joe Zuniga has been married for 30 years, is the parent of 11 children, has nine grandchildren, and has enjoyed a long and successful career as a human resources leader. You don’t have to be around him for long to realize that he sees his wife, children, and grandchildren as gifts from God, and he views his love and care for them and his positive example as his gifts back to God. Based on his story from Joyful Witness, here are four ways to increase your faith and trust in God.

Pray throughout the day. Whether it’s a daily rosary, grace before meals, a nightly Jesuit Examen, or praying with your family before bed, the abundant spiritual fruit from a rich prayer life has no limit.

Practice humility. We can choose daily to put our pride aside and pursue what God wants in our lives, not merely what we want. We don’t have to worry about who gets the credit; instead we can be quick to assign recognition and praise to others, recognizing that we are working for God’s greater glory, not our own.

Have clear priorities. We must be crystal clear about our priorities: God first, family second, and work third. This allows our faith and trust in God to inform and energize our vocations as husband and father, wife and mother. When we keep work in its proper place, we can pursue excellence in any project with joy and the desire to offer it up to God.

Love and serve. Let’s love God wholeheartedly and love and care for our families in ways that provide an example to those around us. We should strive always to deepen our love for the Church and look for ways to serve. Loving our neighbor means doing anything we can to help those we encounter on life’s journey.

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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."