Fr. Rick’s One Minute Homily – 12-03-2021

Friday 1st Week of Advent 
Matthew 9:27-31


A true Story – When I came home from the hospital after my ankle replacement surgery 5 weeks ago, I couldn’t find my vaccination card. I received both shots and a booster. I looked through the hospital folders and overnight bag five times at least. I must admit, I was worried. I prayed to St. Anthony a lot. I thought it was gone.

Then I started the Consecration to St. Joseph, by Donald Calloway, MIC. As I got into the consecration, I began to see what a powerful friend we have in St. Joseph. Something in me changed. I began to pray again to St. Anthony but with a greater expectation for them to help me find the card.

I couldn’t count how many times I got up out of that chair elevating my leg for over a month, as many as 10 times a day. I can’t count how many times I looked in the sides of the chair. Then over a week ago, I sat down and something poked my right arm. I picked it up and yes, you guessed it. It was my vaccination card. It was sticking up out of the side of the pocket. Yippee. Praise God. What a relief!

In the Gospel, Jesus asked the two blind men who wanted to see, “Do you believe I can do this?” They responded, “Yes, Lord.” When you have lost hope and have nowhere to turn, pray to St. Anthony and St. Joseph. They helped me. They are waiting to help you too.

Ignite the Fire

Fr. Rick Pilger, IC 


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