As we hear the latest news reports, we might wonder, Where is God in all
of this? As we struggle with personal calamities or are heartbroken by
hardships our loved ones are facing, we might ask, “Where are you, God?”
The answer to these questions is God is omnipresent–living and active
everywhere. As Paul said, “In him we live and move and have our being.”
Becoming more conscious of this truth is a good goal for Lent as we
strive to renew our spiritual life. One place where God dwells is in the
deep center of our very selves. Jesus promised, “I am in my Father, and
you in me, and I in you” (John 14:20). St. John of the Cross lamented
that we seldom give thought to this mind-blowing mystery. Coming in
touch with God in our hearts makes us more aware of his hand at work in
the world. It also brings forth in us the fruits of peace and joy no
matter how stressful our life. A prayer practice that cultivates being
sensitive to God at the core of our being is centering prayer. Click to continue
Christians are now dealing with a new obstacle to evangelism; we can no longer assume people know stories in the Bible or the basic tenets of the faith. Perhaps this dearth of spirituality in modern culture will serve to drive desperate people to the feet of Christ but more than ever seekers need basic catechism to lead them back into the arms of God and the Church.
A few decades ago, almost everyone knew the bible, even if they did not attend church because even public schools read the bible and prayed before classes started. I am a convert. As a Protestant kid who went to Sunday School from 3 years old, I grew up on the stories of Jesus, singing songs about His love and memorizing bible verses. I realize now that I was a prayerful kid; God was close to me. continue
When I learned who currently held the authority my Lord gave Simon Peter, recorded in Matthew 16:13-19, I didn't have much choice: I had to join the Catholic Church.
In a sense, I 'knew too much.'
I could either claim to follow Jesus and acknowledge the Son of God's authority, passed along in unbroken succession through the rise and fall of kingdoms, empires, and civilizations — or not. As Simon Peter said, it's a simple choice....