bishop robert j. hermann

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Faith in the resurrection of Christ transforms everything we do

The Feast of the Resurrection is as spectacular as it is mysterious. We'll never comprehend this mystery, we'll only experience it someday. The mystery touches us in inexplicable ways every day. Contemplating this mystery should profoundly alter the way we relate to others, because Christ relates to others through us.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus’ silence roars with love for our redemption

On Palm Sunday, we enter into the most moving week of the liturgical year.

As we enter into His passion through quiet prayer, we engage the love in His heart that embraces the sufferings and insults of all humanity. This is Christ's opportunity to pour out on mankind God's unfathomable love and mercy. As we encounter His outward silence, let us be in touch with the inward roar of saying "yes" to the Father. Jesus models the strength and wisdom we need in encountering the effects of sin in our lives.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Acceptance of God’s plan brings rest to our restless souls

The readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent reflect two seemingly contradictory states (though they are actually complementary): rest and restlessness.

First, the state of rest. Jeremiah saw his share of conflict, but he also saw it was never destined to be a permanent state for mankind. Earlier he had said, "More tortuous than anything is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it?"

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Receiving mercy is our re-entry into God’s friendship

The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent illustrate a simple fact: Man's best friend is God, while his two worst enemies are his own flesh and the Evil One.

God revealed to Judah a plan for its future, but the people of Judah had other plans for their happiness. "Early and often did the Lord, the God of their fathers, send His messengers to them, for He had compassion on His people and His dwelling place."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ’s crucifixion binds us together as beloved children of God

The readings for the Third Sunday of Lent focus on what the heart sees but the eyes don't.

In the Book of Exodus, God communicates His covenant to His people in order to form them into a community of love. To do this, they will need a common set of teachings and beliefs, hence the Ten Commandments.

This set of beliefs, if lived, will bind them to their God but also establish Godly principles in their heart, and these principles will unite them into a community.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Obedience to God’s will releases His overabundant blessings

The transfiguration of Jesus is a vivid description of a future life of glory if we do the will of the Father. We would do well in spending quiet time simply contemplating Jesus, transfigured in glory. He is the obedient one. That's our future, our calling and the fruit of doing the Father's will. We will have an eternity of contemplating God in His glory.

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