I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Visualize the life of glory that God calls us to

On the second Sunday of Lent, the Church gives us the scene of Jesus, up on the mountain, being transfigured before Peter, James and John. The Church wants to lift our eyes to the beauty of our calling in Christ. Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus' Transfiguration lifts our eyes above our present period of purification to allow Jesus to have a new freedom in our hearts. This prepares us for the glory as pre-figured in the Transfiguration.

‘We will be protected by God,’ Trump declares in inaugural address

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan delivered the invocation before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the country’s 45th president at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump told the nation in his inaugural address that it need not fear in the days ahead.

"There should not be fear," Trump said Jan. 20. "We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement, and, most important, we will be protected by God."

National Parks offer spiritual refuge

A view of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is seen from the south rim Sept. 12.

WASHINGTON — From the dramatic vistas of the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the glistening waters of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, national parks have stood as places of wonder, history and culture.

John Muir, considered the father of our national parks, petitioned U.S. lawmakers to set aside such places for preservation, play and prayer.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike," wrote the 19th-century naturalist and philosopher in his book "Yosemite."

POPE'S MESSAGE | Look at your own sins before judging others

Pope Francis ordained 11 priests at a Mass April 17 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Nine were ordained for the Diocese of Rome and two for the Rogationist religious order.

VATICAN CITY — Christians must look to their own sins and failings and not fall into the temptation of hypocrisy that causes them to believe they are better than others, Pope Francis said.

"The relationship of salvation" with God cannot move forward if people justify themselves and look at the mistakes of others instead of fixing their gaze on the Lord, he said at his weekly general audience April 20.

"This is the line of salvation, the relationship between me — the sinner, and the Lord," he told tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Seek out signs God offers everyone for finding Jesus

Pope Francis kissed a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrated Mass on the feast of the Epiphany Jan. 6 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 6. Go out and seek the signs God is offering everyone today that will lead to Christ, Pope Francis said at the Mass.

VATICAN CITY — Go out and seek the signs God is offering everyone today that will lead to Christ, Pope Francis said.

The thirst for God is present in everyone, and it's the Church's task to help those with "a restless heart" by pointing them to the true light of Christ, the pope said Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany, which marks the manifestation of Jesus as savior to the world.

In his homily at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the pope said the Church's mission is to help people "know the face of the father" by first receiving "God's light and then to reflect it. This is her duty."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God longs to erupt through us into the lives of others

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time show us a God who is waiting to break into our lives so as to reveal His mercy and saving power, if only we give Him the chance.

In the first reading, Isaiah tells the Israelites that their suffering at the hands of the Assyrians will end. Isaiah uses physical imagery to convey spiritual transformation.

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