Wed. [G]ospel [P]rayer [S]tudy - "O woman, great is your faith!"
GOSPEL - Mt 15: 21-28
At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”
He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”
And her daughter was healed from that hour.
- Chaplet of Saint Joseph
Prayer #57 from the
Oratory: Place of Prayer Book
When using a Rosaryfor the chaplet, this prayer is prayed on the Hail Mary beads.
Joseph, son of David,and husband of Mary; we honor you, guardian of the Redeemer, and weadore the child you named Jesus. Saint Joseph, patron of the universal church, prayfor us, that like you we may live totally dedicated to the interests ofthe Savior. Amen.
Wednesday is dedicated to St. Joseph
- An excerpt from Link to Liturgy Lesson
Faith: Words and Works
What is Faith?
Faith is both a gift of God and a human act by which the believer gives personal adherence to God who invites his response, and freely assents to the whole truth that God has revealed. It is the revelation of God which the Church proposes for our belief, and which we profess in the Creed, celebrate in the sacraments, live by right conduct that fulfills the twofold commandment of charity (as specified in the ten commandments), and respond to in our prayer of faith. Faith is both a theological virtue given by God as grace, and an obligation which flows from the first commandment of God (CCC 26, 142, 150, 1814, 2087) 
Do we have knowledge and trust in the “words” and “works” of Christ?
Faith is knowledge and trust. It has seven characteristics: 
1. Faith is a sheer gift of God, which we receive when we fervently ask for it.
2. Faith is the supernatural power that is absolutely necessary if we are to attain salvation.
3. Faith requires the free will and clear understanding of a person when he accepts the divine invitation.
4. Faith is absolutely certain, because Jesus guarantees it.
5. Faith is incomplete unless it leads to active love.
6. Faith grows when we listen more and more carefully to God’s Word and enter a lively exchange with im in prayer.
7. Faith gives us even now a foretaste of the joy of heaven.
 Catechism of the Catholic Church; Glossary
 YouCat (Youth Catechism); Section 21
FAST. FREE. FAITHFUL.
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