DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     November 16, 1998     vol. 9, no. 224

HEARTS TO HEART TALK

Weekly Column by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.

    INTRODUCTION
          "Hearts-to-heart Talk" is a compendium of talks & writings on "How to Pray with the Heart" by the popular Franciscan from upstate New York - Father Stephen Valenta, O.F.M. Conv. and is a regular column each week on Mondays. This quiet, sincere priest, with over 45 years in pastoral care and in the radio/television ministry, will touch your heart as he pinpoints the "how to's" of praying with and from the heart. In his column today in the DAILY CATHOLIC he completes a three part series on the Church and Vatican II and how, despite the aberrations that came from enemies of the Church within the Church, she retains her oneness, unity, universality and apostolicity for Jesus promised He would be with her until the consummation of the world and by putting all our trust in Him and abiding by all He says and allowing ourselves to be guided by the Spirit and by His Blessed Mother, we will not be thrown off course by confusion that satan is constantly hurling at us.    Fr. Stephen's column along with columns by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto and Father John H. Hampsch, C.M.F. promise simple, but effective and vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can reach Fr. Valenta at Hearts to heart Center at P.O. Box 212, Rensselaer, New York, 12144 or you can reach him at (518) 434-1723.

Let us clutch to our FAITH and move on part three

          What sort of father would the Heavenly Father be if He did not warn ahead of time those children of His who are the wheat, of what to expect of us who sincerely believe that we are in the END OF THE AGE and find ourselves confused at the presence of a weedy environment with His Son's Church? Whatever words Jesus spoke, come forth from the Father under the influece of the Spirit. Our Father in Heaven is surely concerned for each one of the faithful as are also the Son and the Spirit, not leave unmentioned, the most esteemed Daughter, the Mother of Jesus, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and our Mother Mary.

          It is to the advantage of the enemy to have the faithful beset by confusion. It would be in this state that would make it difficult, if not impossible, for them to recognize the wolves in sheep's clothing, the hirelings, the false prophets, the false christs.

          We have been gifted with the faith. We are asked to live our faith. Jesus often chided His disciples for their lack of faith. On the other hand, He praised those who manifested a strong faith. Jesus and Mary, in our own day, are making it so clear how important it is fosr each of us to maintain ourselves in faith. We are asked to pray the our faith within us be strengthened. Our Mother pleads that we pray with the heart so that our prayer would be a prayer of faith. We are asked by her to turn to the Holy Spirit for guidance. It is the Holy Spirit Who gives the increase of faith when such an increase is sincerely requested.

          Our faith teaches us the importance of obedience. Obedience can be genuine and complete only when we live a life fostered by a lively faith, a living faith, a vibrant faith. The enemy is making every effort to get us out of the heart and into the head to introduce chances for confusion and a weakening of faith.

          In order to survive in faith, in order to remain faithful to Jesus and to His Visible Head on earth, it is imperative that we remove ourselves abruptly from all confusion, clutch to our faith and move on and not fall victim to the condition as did Lot's wife. We must surge ahead, giving loving service to the physically and spiritually needy, ever clinging to the Vine as we are buffeted by strong amoral winds, and put ourselves into the loving care of our Heavenly Father and envelop ourselves within the mantle of our Blessed Mother. Thus we could walk step by step, day by day, unafraid, enemies to the left and right of us, confidently making our way along the path set out for us - the path which leads to salvation.


November 16, 1998       volume 9, no. 224
HEARTS TO HEART TALK by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.

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