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Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major

Jeremiah 31:1-7
Jeremiah 31:10-13
Matthew 15:21-28

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will you volunteer?

“Jesus then said in reply, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your wish will come to pass.’ ” —Matthew 15:28

Jesus told only one person in the Gospels that she had great faith. Although I am sure Mary, Joseph, and others had great faith, the Canaanite woman was the only person mentioned in the Gospels to have been told by Jesus: “You have great faith!” (Mt 15:28)
Pope St. John Paul II maintained that the primary reason for the various crises in our world is the crisis of faith. Under these circumstances, I would expect that the Lord is raising up men and women of great faith. Would you volunteer to be one of those men or women of great faith? If so, to show that you are truly willing to be a man or woman of great faith:
• Pray daily for great faith, especially by praying the Mass and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation frequently.
• Hear, read, share, and do God’s Word daily, for faith “comes through hearing, and what is heard is the word of Christ” (Rm 10:17).
• Devote yourself to Christian community (see Acts 2:42), the ideal atmosphere to grow in faith and radically curtail involvement in the culture of death, which has proven to destroy faith with an unprecedented efficiency.
• Exercise the faith you have.
If we volunteer to be men and women of great faith, and if we show we are serious about this, the Lord will probably make us men and women of great faith, which is what the world needs more than anything else. “All depends on faith” (Rm 4:16).

Prayer:  Father, may I cherish my faith and try to grow in it daily.

Promise:  “With age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept My mercy toward you.” —Jer 31:3

Praise:  St. Mary Major is one of four Roman Basilicas identified as Patriarchal Cathedrals. It is called “Major” as the first church in the West to honor Mary, Mother of God.


Rescript:  "In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat for One Bread, One Body covering the period from August 1, through September 30, 2020. Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio October 1, 2019"

The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.