bishop robert j. hermann

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Mary models our participation in God’s plan for salvation

The mystery of the birth, death and resurrection of Christ taken together is the central mystery of revealed religion. The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent help us enter into this mystery, using Mary as the model of how we're invited to participate in this incredible act of God becoming man.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God give us His spirit to bring Godly power to others

The readings for the Third Sunday of Advent celebrate what the Lord has already done, as an indication of the even greater things He will do in the future.

In the first reading, Isaiah writes: "As the earth brings forth its plants and a garden makes its growth spring up, so will the Lord God make justice and praise spring up before all nations."

This allusion to the lushness of the earth's vegetation is a metaphor for the fresh spiritual energy God will pour out upon His people. Both the freshness of the vegetation and the freshness of spiritual rebirth come from the Holy Spirit.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ heals our inconsistent and fickle hearts that long for relief

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

A new liturgical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent, and the readings help us get in touch with our collective cry of lament and frustration. We're frustrated because of our repeated failures to live up to the desires for the infinite put into our hearts by God.

Beneath it is a weariness with our fickle and undependable efforts to live up to God's expectations. However, good news comes in the form of our need for a Savior to rescue us. The shortcomings, failures and sins confirm our realization that we need loving help from above.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus grants infinite mercy if we see and serve Him in others

On Nov. 26, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. The feast describes our commencement time on earth; the Scriptures vividly describe our future. Each of us, without fail, will be there. For some, it will be a time of receiving a sentence, and for others a diploma or reward — both unending.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | How do we invest Jesus’ gift of Himself?

The readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time reflect the over-abundance of God's love for us. We're inundated with His goodness, and all He asks of us is to receive it in gratitude and invest these gifts in His kingdom.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Wisdom helps prepare us for God’s heavenly banquet

There is a cliché in business journals that goes something like this: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."

A similar question we need to ask ourselves is this: "Based upon my present behaviors, where is my life leading me?"

The first reading for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time speaks of the gift of wisdom, saying it is resplendent and unfading and "is readily perceived by those who love her and is found by those who seek her."

Have I found this gift of wisdom? How do I recognize this gift? What does it do for me?

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