12 Sep Run So As To Win (1 Cor 9:24) by Kevin McNicholas
“Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.” ~ 1 Cor 9:24 (full readings)
Kevin’s Reflections: Yes! That is what we are called to do! As Life Runners, clearly our goal is to run to raise awareness and forever end the evil of abortion worldwide. More globally, as Christians, we are called to run the good race towards Heaven in our everyday lives. Our interactions with others often demonstrate the love we have for God. It is easy to love God when things are going just fine, though much harder to ask Him for help when we are struggling. So many people are so quick to abandon their faith when trying times come about, though these are the times we need God the very most! Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz described his dearest friend, St. John Paul II as being “a man totally in love with God.” The Pope lost both of his parents and his brother by the age of 26; through these three crushing losses, he learned to rely totally on God as his Father, Jesus as his Brother, and the Holy Mother most dear as his own Mother in Heaven. I am going to pray for the grace today to love God and my family in Heaven totally, and also to thank God for everything, regardless of what comes my way, knowing that it is all for His greater glory!
* Kevin is a School Social Worker in Southern Illinois. He and his wife Laura have been blessed with two miracles: a 2 year old daughter named Elliana (“the Lord Answers”) and a 4 1/2 month old son named Jeremiah (“God is Exalted”). They have been blessed during the 8 years of their marriage to travel to Catholic pilgrimage sites worldwide, as well as to serve as Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat leaders.
Faith Challenge: Pray for the strength to run to win for God, doing everything this day and every day for God’s greater glory.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel..
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to End Abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Saint Guy of Anderlecht
Faith Quote: “The family that prays together, stays together.” ~ Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton “The Rosary Priest.”
Through Christ our Lord,