Prayer, Faith, Service

Prayer, Faith, Service

In The Best Gift Is Love, Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata wrote: “The fruit of prayer is faith. If we pray, then we will believe. If we believe, then we will love—because the fruit of faith is love, and the fruit of love is service. Similarly, if we want to deepen our faith, we must deepen our oneness with Christ.”

In Door of Faith, the apostolic letter announcing the current Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI writes that we will need “to keep our gaze fixed upon Jesus Christ.” All the saints constantly remind us of that.

During the first 25 years of St. Colette of Corbie’s life (1381–1447), the Roman Catholic Church had two—and then three—men who claimed to be pope, all elected at different times by groups of cardinals. St. Colette reintroduced the primitive Rule of St. Clare in 17 monasteries in France; this movement soon spread to other countries. Her nuns rejected fixed incomes and fasted year-round.

The prayers of the Colettine Poor Clares have always reminded people to keep their gaze fixed on Jesus Christ. They have 13 monasteries in the United States and Canada and many more around the world. St. Colette’s feast is February 7 on the Franciscan calendar.

May our honest, persevering prayers increase our faith and service.

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Pat McCloskey, O.F.M., is the Franciscan editor of St. Anthony Messenger. He also serves as the editor of Franciscan Media's popular Weekday Homily Helps.