Keep the Faith

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keep the faith

Today’s second reading is one of my favorites.  There is so much that Paul says to Timothy that fits in my life so frequently.

Paul begins, “I am already being poured out as a libation,” and I think, my pitcher is empty because all of me has been given to others.  “I have kept the faith,” which is true, not always perfectly, as best as humanly possible, my eye on the Lord, who is the “just judge.”

At times in my life it does seems as if “everyone deserted me,” and I again have to remember to set my eyes on the cross and take comfort from my Savior.

My life is nowhere near as full of perils as Paul’s; he faced persecution.  I face more personal demons from internal forces rather than external ones.  But since they are not visible, others don’t see them and find it difficult to believe they are real.

I hold on, reminded that “the Lord will rescue me from every evil threat” see and unseen.  At the end of every day and certainly at the end of my days my desire is to be able to say “to him be glory forever and ever.”

If that can be said, with peace, joy, and love, then we have competed well; finished the race; kept the faith.  We can do no more; God deserves no less.

Copyright 2013 Deanna Bartalini

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Deanna G. Bartalini, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. She and her husband Deacon John have two married children and a grandson. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. She writes at DeannaBartalini.com, serves as the editor of the NewEvangelizers.com blog, and is a contributor there as well as at AmazingCatechists.com. Deanna contributed to A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion published by Ave Maris Press. She has written “Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control” one book in the series of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Gracewatch Media. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

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