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Questions and Answers

Many people have questions on the catholic faith and issues related to our faith. This section will attempt to answer those questions.

Q. I am quite perplexed. I thought the cross was something sacred and yet I see it being used in a superficial manner by young people and adults. What is the symbolism of the Cross?

A. Most of us cannot make judgements concerning the state of spirituality of other people. Inasmuch as Christ died upon the cross for every one, every one feels that he or she has the right to wear that cross. Basically, the symbol of the cross is a reminder of the love of Christ for each of us. It is a reminder that if Christ had to hang on the cross today as he did 2,000 years ago, he would. It is a sign of Christ's great personal love for us. It is not a good luck charm; it has nothing to do with superstition. It is just a reminder of the infinite love that God's son showed for us on Good Friday. It is also a reminder of our call to holiness, our call to be generous, our call to bring that same love of Christ into this world. It is a sacred symbol. It commemorates the greatest love story in the world.

Q. Can you share some thoughts with me on prayer? I pray, but often times it seems my prayers are not answered.

A. Prayer, basically as we were taught, is the lifting of our minds and hearts to God. It is our way of growing in spirituality and holiness while we are on this earth. Prayer links us to God. Prayer unites us to God. Our personal prayer does not mean God will stop everything and give us the particular request we are asking for. Prayer, more often, is not a matter of what we expect from God. Prayer is a reminder of what God expects from us. Every prayer might not be answered our way, but every prayer is answered according to the plan of God. A good prayer life demands a lot of trust; a good prayer life demands confidence in God. A good prayer life demands patience. God has told us in the New Testament that He will not leave us orphans. We can easily see He will not leave our prayers unanswered.

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