By Fr Joe Babendreier
Many people have asked me: “Why doesn’t God listen to my prayers?” I should also add that many people have asked me to offer a Mass of Thanksgiving for prayers that have been answered. Still, the question remains a challenge for many Christians: “Why doesn’t God listen to my prayers?”
The only reply I can ever give is this one: “I have no idea why God is not answering your prayers.” That might sound dumb, but it’s true. Even though I am a priest, I do not know why sometimes God answers a prayer in a matter of minutes and why, at other times, he seems to delay forever.
God has a plan. The plan follows times and seasons. For instance, just before Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples asked him when God was going to fulfil his promise to restore Israel. Jesus answered: “It is not for you to know the times or the dates that the Father has decided by his own authority” (Acts 1:7). Two thousand years have passed since Jesus pronounced those words. The promise has yet to be fulfilled.
In other words, some things we want to happen here and now go against God’s plan for our salvation. So, he does not give us what we are asking for, no matter how good it seems to us and no matter how much we really need it—or at least think we need it. When that happens, God is saying no for now, asking us to believe he will give us something better when the time is right. .. << Read More >>
A YOUNG MAN DYING
To get a feel for this, I can tell you something that happened long ago. One day James got sick with bone cancer. A doctor told him they were going to amputate his arm. Even then, he would