Daily homily thoughts, 2/12

Today St James tells us: “Faith produces perseverance.” There are highs and lows of every life.  It is our faith that generates the perseverance necessary to make it through the lows…to keep on going.  As on Franciscan friar said it, “When it comes to keeping my vows, it’s interesting how of that has simply mean ‘hanging in there.'”  We persevere through it all, even when consolations and signs are short in coming to us. Jesus tells us in the gospel after all that no signs should be necessary….the same is true for consolations.  If we had endless signs and consolations, I suppose there’d be no need for faith in the first place.  St. James is right:  “Faith produces perseverance.”