A church-goer wrote a letter to a newspaper editor, complaining that it made no sense to attend church every Sunday. “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and over that time I’ve probably heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So I think I’m wasting time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving all those sermons.”

This started a real controversy in the “letters to the editor” column, much to the delight of the paper’s editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me I cannot recall the menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: they all nourished our family and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today.”

When you are down to nothing, God is up to something. Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible. It’s all about building your house on rock!

—The Jesuit Prayer Team