god's presence

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God’s presence within us allows us to face our fears

The first and third readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time make a simple point: Sometimes in the direst circumstances of life, we discover God beneath all our elemental fears.

Jeremiah states, "More tortuous than anything is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it? I the Lord, explore the mind and test the heart, giving to all according to their ways, according to the fruits of their deeds."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God invites us into His presence in our daily activities

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time give us a sense that someone is present behind these readings searching us out.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Our bodies, as temples of the Holy Spirit, radiate the presence of God

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent make it clear that the word of God will remain, but everything not in accord with His word must pass away.

The first reading gives us the Ten Commandments, which are foundational for the Old Testament Covenant. They spell out the basic behavior God expects from those who choose Him as their God. They give life if followed and point the way to destruction if not followed.

The commandments describe behavior that makes us righteous in the eyes of God -- godly behavior flowing directly from God Himself.

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