October 17, 2019

Faith Is Something We Do

Whenever October rolls around, I know that we are officially in the season of autumn. Even if some of the days are hot, I know that winter is right around the corner. Programs and projects are in full swing at parishes. The days are filled with lots of activity. In the midst of all that, we are reminded to keep the faith, but more importantly to use the power of love and self-control as we go about our daily lives.

When we examine the events around us, we could become depressed or anxious and perhaps even adopt a laissez-faire attitude believing that we are powerless to fight against violence, destruction or discord. However, this is a kind of “hardening of our hearts” in that we refuse to trust in God’s promises to us. Instead of becoming complacent in the face of difficulty, we should become more pro-active. In other words, faith is not a noun but a verb. Faith is not something we have; rather, it is something we do.

When we are faithful, we are spurred onto action. The Word of God issues forth from us in works of charity and justice. We do not merely preach about God; we live God. Most parishes around the United States have dozens of opportunities to live our faith and to allow our belief to become actualized by our actions. If we truly want our faith to increase, we must put our faith into action. It is similar to what Dr. Seuss talked about in the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” When the Grinch learned to love, his heart grew larger. The more we love, the bigger our heart becomes. The more we exercise our beliefs, the deeper our faith becomes.

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Msgr John Kasza

REVEREND MONSIGNOR JOHN KASZA was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1993. He holds a B.A. in History from Wayne State University, Detroit and an Master of Divinity from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He earned his doctorate in Sacramental Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo in Rome in 1999. Msgr. Kasza has served as an assistant professor of sacramental theology, liturgy and homiletics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and has also taught at the Liturgical Institute at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, Illinois. He most recently served as Secretary to both Adam Cardinal Maida and Archbishop Allen Vigneron and was Vice Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Detroit. In July of 2009, Msgr. Kasza became the Academic Dean at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan. Monsignor is currently pastor of St. James the Greater parish in Novi, Michigan and has authored several articles. His book, Understanding Sacramental Healing: Anointing and Viaticum, is available through Amazon.

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