What are you willing to do for someone you love? Very often, love requires us to make sacrifices and experience difficulties. Such is the case with prayer so often. In order to have time with God in prayer, we may need to make sacrifices. Fr. Josh shares what these sacrifices may look like and why it is so worth it.
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Prayer is not always a comfortable thing. But it is always worth it because in prayer we encounter God and his love.
Glory Story (1:39)
Why must we make sacrifices for prayer?
Saint Story: St. John Vianney (14:50)
St. John Vianny was born in Dardilly, France in 1786. He was raised in a Catholic family and had a strong relationship with Jesus starting at a young age. After being drafted into Napoleon’s army and then later deserting, John Vianney went to seminary. He struggled greatly with his studies but persevered and was ordained a priest.
He was assigned pastor of a parish in Ars, France. At the beginning of his time there, he was not welcomed into the community and struggled with preaching. However, he trusted in the Lord and again persevered. His homilies got better and the community grew in faithfulness. However, perhaps most impressive was the amount of time he would spend in the confessional. He would sometimes listen to confessions for over 11 hours in one day.
In 1859, Fr. John Vianney passed away. He was canonized in 1925.
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Meet Fr. Josh Johnson
While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.
Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.