....That is James 1:3 and the topic of our 1st talk on Saturday morning (3rd of the weekend). It was the most powerfully delivered talk of the weekend and there were some really powerful talks over this weekend.
Fr Cornelius is a dynamic, powerful speaker, he speaks easily to all ages. He speaks easily to the youths without cheapening the message and the adults don't feel like they are being dumbed down.
The scripture verse calls for us to be strong in trust. If you want to build muscles then you go to the gym, put in the time and effort and sweat. If you want to be a great athlete then you train, you persevere through failures, if you fail then you get back up and try again. That's how we need to be about our Faith, we need to put in the time and effort to build our relationship with God. If we don't put in the effort or put in a half effort we can't expect to have a strong Faith or to stand strong in trust.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able stand against the wiles of the devil." Eph 6:10-11. How do you grow strong in the Lord? Get to know Him. Fr C said if you want to know about someone you can google them and you can find out all kinds of info but if you want to get to know them then you spend time with them, develop a real relationship. Therefore you need to develop a relationship with Him, pray, read your bible, attend Mass regularly, frequent the Sacraments, learn about your Catholic Faith.
God is bigger than everything - our troubles, worries, problems, persecution, trials and the devil. We just need to persevere and don't give up. We easily persevere with everything in our life but in our Faith we easily give up on our Faith with the slightest change in the wind.
"and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." Matt:22