November 13, 2019

In Our Prayer, Are We Persistent Or Do We Whine?

Persistence is different from nagging or whining.

In the examples given in Scripture, persistence is the art of getting justice for a wrong or it is to persevere in the truth. Nagging or whining, on the other hand, are tactics used to get something you want at whatever the cost. Persistence is based on logic while nagging is based on emotion.

To desire that a wrong be righted or a mistake be corrected is noble and sometimes requires a consistent, persistent approach. To want the latest toy simply because it is the latest toy and you whine until you get it is simply unacceptable. In the history of the Israelites, we have examples of persistence and examples of complaint. When the Israelites followed God’s law and were faithfully persistent, great things happened. When they simply expected God to do things for them (as a kind of entitlement program) and God did not agree to their request, they whined and got into trouble.

In 2013, we run the same risk. In our prayer, are we persistent or do we whine? Do we pray for what we need or only for what we want? Moreover, do we take the time to pray?

In all of our prayer with God and conversations with our friends may each of us strive to focus on persevering in the faith and being consistent in how we live our lives as Catholic Christians.

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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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