‘Why Do You Doubt?’ – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Fr. Steven Voss recounts a trip to the grocery store with his ill mother during which, even though he argued against it, his mother tried one of the motorized carts. After his fears about her using the cart proved hilariously well-founded, Fr. Steven’s mother turned to him and said, “Now Steven, look, the very worst thing has happened and we’re both still here.” Fr. Steven, our pastor, reminds us that Jesus delivered a similar message when he came upon the boat full of disciples and saved Peter from sinking in the turbulent sea with the remark, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (MT 14:22-33). Fr. Steven learned from his experience with his mother that like those who feared in the boat, “We are not called to be a people who live in terror.” Many of us make ourselves unhappy by forgetting that God wants us to seize opportunity, be it a new friendship, giving money to a good cause, volunteerism or greater worship. We miss out on the deep joy God intends for us when we give way to doubt or fear, which is the tool of evil. Says Fr. Steven, “May you relinquish your doubts today to Christ, and may you hear his call, ‘Be not afraid.’” Click on the video above, or this link to hear Fr. Steven’s full August 10 homily via YouTube.

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About Karin Livingston

Mrs. Livingston taught at Saint Joseph Catholic School with a State of Colorado teaching license for 15 years before moving into the parish-school technology coordinator position in 2006. Mrs. Livingston was instrumental in piloting the technology aspects of the school literacy program, including introduction of the Accelerated Reader reading practice program, and the Student Teacher Assessment of Reading (STAR) program. Mrs. Livingston has been a parishioner at Saint Joseph Catholic Church since 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Science from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Livingston blogs and is the author of the young-adult equestrian novel, Winning Bet.
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