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The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

To have Faith as small as a mustard seed

In today's world it seems so difficult at times to hear the voice of God. When we read our bibles we hear about those who had encounters and personal conversations with Him. So why does it seem as though we are alone at times and not hearing his voice, better yet not feeling his presence?
Touching, smelling and hearing everything are what we have learnt to identify truth. If only Jesus had not ascended, but rather stayed among us where we can touch him, talk face to face, see firsthand the miracles that he would perform, then who would need faith (but even those who were with Him still doubted, so what's the point then). Faith as explained in Hebrews 11:1 is "the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen".
Taking the time to sit for a moment to pray in silence can open that line of communication with our Lord. The great news is that we do not need to make an appointment. At times you may feel that you cannot find Jesus no matter how hard you try, well stop trying so hard. As I was reminded at Church this week "God will find you". He never leaves us no matter how far we drift away. He's always there waiting for that conversation with you. God does not change, we change.

Speaking of faith, I always tell the story as a kid about having faith and believing in the power of prayer. As a young boy my dad worked long hours. One day when I was about twelve years old I decided to pray to God to let my dad come home early so he would take us out for a Sunday drive (it's like a Bahamian tradition). Exactly as I prayed it happened. It was at that point that I believed. Do we struggle more as adults in putting our faith and trust in Jesus?

Moving forward twenty-five plus years and the story of Peter walking on water with Jesus seems to hit home as I also waver in giving Jesus complete control. With so many distractions it's so easy to take our eyes off Jesus thus we should always pray that he helps our unbelief. The seas distracted Peter to loose his faith that Jesus was in control. "Our faith becomes challenged". As I've learnt on numerous occasions, if you turn over a problem to Jesus you should leave it there. We become so anxious for results instantaneously that we decide to deal with it on our own. Trust me when I say that the anguish from the results that are dealt is far more painful than the time you should have given Jesus to deal with the matter. We always want a quick fix. 1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your worries upon Him because He cares for you".

Fr. Grant at  St. Pius X
in The Bight settlement.
(Photo courtesy of
Bonita Moree)
As mentioned in a previous article the parishioners of Long Island received a new Priest on the island, Fr. Douglas Grant. I'm always curious how someone transferred to one of the family islands settle in when there are limitations on some of the islands. Don't get me wrong now, we have some of the most hospitable people in the world, scenery to die for and all the basic necessities, but (yes there is a "but") we cannot deny that there would be a lifestyle change. Before I am thrown under the bus, I should explain myself by giving an example: Compared with the number of Parishioners that Fr. Grant ministered too at Mary, Mother of Mankind Parish of the Archdiocese of Providence RI, Fr Grant now has a small flock with numbers at times on a given Sunday of about five total at the smaller settlements.


St Pius X, The Bight
Long Island
(Photo courtesy of
Bonita Moree)
My reason for mentioning this has nothing to do with the difference, but rather to show how Fr. Grant has risen to the occasion, placing Church before self, and faith in Jesus to walk with him on his journey. To take that step into the unknown takes courage and strong faith as we should always try to be as bold as Peter and take that step in faith with Jesus. The seas will be rough as Jesus never promised that there will not be struggling and pain, but as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus he will see us across those rough seas. For the short time that Fr. Grant has been on the island he is fitting in well with the members of the various Parishes. They are very happy to have him with them.

Matthew 25:23 "Well done, my good and faithful servant"

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