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  I would consider myself laid back but those who are close to me know that I worry a lot! I think as I have more kids and the older I get, the more anxious I become. The news seems to be filled with one tragedy after the next and if you (lovingly) disagree with another person's point of view or opinion...you get labeled as a religious bigot/hater. At the end of the day there can seem like there's little hope for the world our kids will live in.

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When I feel this feeling of despair creep in, I also hear a small voice that says, "Have faith." The reading at Mass yesterday was such a perfect example of having faith and hope in a time of despair. The reading talked about the woman who was afflicted with an illness for years, but knew if she only touched Jesus, she would be healed. Check out the reading below:

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.

She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.

She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”

Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”But his disciples said to Jesus,“You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

And he looked around to see who had done it.

The woman, realizing what had happened to her,approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

This woman had real faith and hope that she would be 100% healed and because of that kind of faith, God had mercy on her and healed her! In the confusing and frightening times that we live in, it can be easy to lose faith. But here's the thing we need to remember...we are not made for this world. No matter what happens, God is in charge and never changes. His love for us is infinite and He wants us to receive his mercy and special graces. He has overcome death and already won.

As Christians, we need to remind ourselves that we are called to be a light in a world of darkness. So keep the faith always, have hope and know there may be a lot of darkness around us but there is so much good around us as well.  May we start out this week thinking positive thoughts and trusting in Jesus' plan for us, our country and the world. We only need to have faith in Him and He takes care of the rest!

See what I mean? So much love and goodness in this photo!