bishop robert j. hermann

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The kingdom of heaven is alive within us

If you ask yourself, "What is the most powerful force on the face of the earth?" what would your answer be? Maybe the sun, the ocean or nuclear explosives?

The most powerful force on the face of the earth is none other than the indomitable and invisible kingdom of God. Yes, those in the state of grace carry within themselves the most powerful force in the universe, the life that begets the kingdom within.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus is ready to assist us in doing the Father’s will

The readings for the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time celebrate man's noble calling to enlist the help of Jesus Christ in our battle against the flesh and against Satan.

The setting of the first reading is the Garden of Eden. God is looking for Adam and Eve, but they are hiding because they have sinned. God calls out to them to invite them to explain their behavior.

Adam admitted eating of the forbidden fruit but blamed God for giving him a woman who tempted him to eat it. When God asked Eve why she did it, she said, "The serpent tricked me into it so I ate it."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The blood of Jesus cleans our consciences and forgives our sins

Some billionaires give away massive amounts of money to promote dark causes. Contrast them with Jesus, the God-Man, who gives us His Body and Blood as food to prepare us for eternal life with our Heavenly Father.

On the Feast of the Body and Blood of Our Lord, we ponder the mystery of this total self-giving. The Old Testament is about the mystery of God giving Himself away to save His people.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The Trinity reveals to us fatherhood, sacrificial love and joy

What is your image of the Most Holy Trinity? Hopefully it's more than a geometric triangle. Once in teaching second graders at Epiphany Parish, I mentioned that the Trinity is a mystery, which we can't understand. A 7-year-old girl raised her hand and said, "I understand it." I invited her to explain. Quickly rising to her feet, she said, "There is an old man with a long flowing beard, and that is God the Father. Inside of Him is a boy, who is Jesus, with a dove inside of Him." I thanked her for her insights.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Pentecost means receiving the Holy Spirit and using His gifts to evangelize

Where were we when the day of Pentecost arrived? We were still awaiting the Father's call to birth. He brought us into being so that we too could experience our own Pentecost.

The apostles didn't receive the Holy Spirit because they were holy. They received the Holy Spirit because they were sinners who needed the Holy Spirit to make them holy. This was God's surprise gift to them — and to each of us.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The Holy Spirit fuels our journey toward eternity with God

On May 13, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. When I think of all 20 mysteries of the Rosary, the one that most appeals to me is that of Christ ascending into heaven after the Resurrection.

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