The following homily was delivered Sept. 7 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archhbishop of Washington.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). This admonition from Jesus recorded in Matthew’s Gospel is what brings us to this basilica today. Jesus told us to pray with an unshakeable confidence born of faith.
We learn from the Gospels to pray with perseverance, sincerity and total confidence: “Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?” (Luke 18:7)
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