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Perseverance

by Fr. Jack McArdle with Aneel Aranha

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay. (Heb 10:36-37)

The young monk was on his own in the chapel, and he was pouring out his heart to the Lord. He was having some doubts about his vocation. He was, by nature, somewhat insecure, and he was always looking for certainties, or for proof for everything. He kept repeating the same prayer, again and again. "Lord, if I only knew that I would persevere. If I only knew that I would persevere." Finally, the Lord spoke to him, and said "And if you knew for certain that you would persevere, what then would you do? How, then would you live your life? Go and do that now, and begin living your life that way now, and, in doing that, you will persevere".

In the mind, it is only mental assent; in the heart it is faith; and when it gets down into the feet, it becomes faith in action. And that is the kind of faith the Lord is waiting for, and it is in that faith that the presence and power of the Lord is seen, and experienced...... `


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