Wednesday in the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Dan 5:1-6, 13-17, 23-28;  Lk 21:12-19         

Perseverance!  “Failure is not always a mistake. The real mistake is to stop trying.”1 

For eighteen years William Wilberforce, a Christian politician in England, introduced anti-slavery motions in Parliament, always meeting with defeat.  But he never gave up.  Finally, the British Parliament approved his motion to abolish the slave trade.  But that didn’t free the existing slaves.  It took another twenty-six years before England finally approved William’s motions to free all slaves.  He died three days after seeing his great victory for human freedom. 

May we in our turn be as persevering in praying and working for an end to the abortion of children, not only to secure their lives, but ours as well.  “Failure is not always a mistake. The real mistake is to stop trying.”1 

  1. Quotation by B. F. Skinner

 

 

Wednesday in the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

[Scripture Readings: Dan 5:1-6, 13-17, 23-28; Lk 21:12-19]

Perseverance! Postage stamps have a necessary quality: by sticking to one thing they reach their goal.

William Wilberforce For many years William Wilberforce perseveringly introduced anti-slavery motions in the English Parliament, always meeting with defeat. Discouraged, he nearly gave up until he read this message from his friend, John Wesley: “I don't see how you can continue your glorious enterprise opposing that abominable practice of slavery… Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God is for you, who can be against you? Oh, be not weary of well-doing. Go on in the name of God, and in the power of His might.”

He did. Finally, in 1807, Parliament passed his motion to abolish the slave trade. But that didn't free the existing slaves. It wasn't until 1833, twenty-six years later, that England gave freedom to all slaves. William Wilberforce died a few days after seeing his great victory for human rights.

May we in our turn be as persevering in praying and working for an end to the abortion of children, not only to secure their lives, but ours as well.

Wednesday in the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

[Scripture Readings: Rev 15:1-4; Lk 21:12-19 ]

“By perseverance you will secure your lives.” But perseverance is a gift we cannot earn. One young monk expressed it this way: “I have come to realize perseverance is a joyful grace and not a matter of steely willpower.” That's exactly right. Jesus taught us to pray for this grace when he said, “Watch at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man” (Lk 21:36).

Jesus also taught us the Our Father, a prayer we all know by heart and repeat often. But how many of us know this prayer for perseverance by heart so that we can repeat it often? “O Lord, that I may persevere and have the strength to endure and escape all that is to come, and to stand before you in joy when you appear.”