Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Vincent Johnson

12/7/2013 (1 year ago)

A Blest Life (www.ablestlife.com)

God's mercy endures forever.

I think every once in a while we need to have a 'Faith' check. What is our capacity to believe and trust in God? Here's something that may help you.

'And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.'  Mark Ch. 13 verse 26

'And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.' Mark Ch. 13 verse 26

Highlights

By Vincent Johnson

A Blest Life (www.ablestlife.com)

12/7/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: Faith, Trust, Love, Belief


MOORESVILLE, N.C. - A December morning in the South: 66 degrees with a cold front moving in. I looked up and saw some wispy greyish clouds blowing low, across the sky. I thought of the many paintings and pictures that show the Trinity, or Jesus, Mary, or any other combinations in glorious context. I thought about the gospel of Mark Ch. 13 verse 26; 'And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.'

In the most Ignatius-like manner I pictured this in my mind and thought if I or others were to witness this, what it would be like. I think those that would count themselves as faithful believers would be swept away in awe, love, and praise. Those that have been 'lukewarm' in a sense would be freed of doubt and have their live totally converted in a moment. Those that never truly believed would have to be completely changed, having a sense of sorrow over their 'unbelief'.

The thought of why God does not reveal Himself in that way each day may be a question some people have; 'then everyone would believe!' While that is a great thought, the reality is that God has purpose as to what he does and what he doesn't do. One thing to remember is why we are here.

God's mercy endures forever.


God has given us a free will to be able to choose good or evil; to choose the higher nature which is of God, or our lower nature which is of the world. In these choices we have consequences - we either make sure of our calling to be with God for eternity in His glorious love; or to separate from Him - forever. The good thing is God's mercy endures forever. He is present through the sacraments to forgive, to empower, and to nourish body and soul. 

I know for some this isn't good enough, but that is what faith is all about. Trusting that whatever God does, whether we understand it or not, will be what is best for us all. So, this can be a 'faith check' what is our faith? What is our trust in God, who we can't see every day? Here's a question for you; do you believe that your spouse or parent will take care of you to the best of their ability - even if they aren't right in front of you? If you can have faith and trust in them; you should have so much more trust that Our Father in heaven will be taking care of you to the best of His ability!

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---

Web site to inspire others in facing their day.



Comments


More Blog

Holy Spirit, watch over my children as they drive! Watch

Image of I pray for my children's safety every time they get behind the wheel.

By Shelly A. Schneider

Christopher and Michael have their driver's licenses, and our 17-year-old daughter, Sam, will test for the license any day now. There are so many thoughts that bounce around in my head when I realize that the person sitting next to me in the Mocha Machine (our pet name ... continue reading


My Conversation with God - We are Glass Watch

Image of Enter into conversation with the Lord, and he will answer.

By Jackie Stammen

A few weeks ago I was listening to a song called 'We Are Glass' - written by Jon Nite and Ross Copperman and performed by Thompson Square. The lyrics of the song reminded me just how fragile I am, how fragile we all are. The words touched a tender spot of my heart that ... continue reading


Freaky Friday on a Monday

Image of Our diver, Christopher, who, for a few hours in 2010, switched places with me!

By Shelly A. Schneider

One of our main goals in life, Jim and I, is to raise responsible and loving children. I will tell you right now there are days when I believe we're on the right track, and days that I question our children will ever be ready to leave the nest. Each of our three ... continue reading


Are We Joyful, Humble, Fleshly Ciboriums?

Image of Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist as spiritual nourishment because he loves us.

By Michael Seagriff

Remember how the Israelites grumbled during their desert journey - there being no bread? And how they later rejoiced when they received manna from heaven to satisfy their physical desires?? CANASTOTA, NY -  Recall that it wasn't too long after this food was ... continue reading


Taste, Touch, Smell, Sight, Hearing and Intuition

Image of 'Let's shoot some hoops!

By Shelly A. Schneider

Children never cease to amaze me. Their intuition, or 'sixth sense,' is something most adults outgrow or stop listening to when jobs and families enter the picture. Somehow I managed to retain that, and I pray each day my children never outgrow such a special gift. ... continue reading


I Guess I Have To Learn The Hard Way

Image of Confessing our sins is a humbling act.

By Jackie Stammen

The hard way. Why do I always have to learn things the hard way? Today I went to Confession and just after I exposed my sins - including a prayer life that has been lacking as of late - and right before the priest's absolution, he said to me, 'prayer is one of those ... continue reading


How to Put Mama Back Together Again

Image of Sometimes Mom's need a time-out!

By Tara K. E. Brelinsky

All these little (and not so little) parenting crosses are the surest road to sanctification, but that doesn't negate the fact that they wear on my peace of mind (and sanity). So how do I manage to push my stuffing back in on those days when the baby refuses to ... continue reading


Live In The Sweet Spot Of Life

Image of Matthew 5:16 In the same way your light must shine in people's sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.

By Jackie Stammen

I often find myself scared to let my light shine. You know that sweet spot of life, when you feel like you are living completely and authentically as yourself? That's where your light shines most. Sometimes I let fear get in the way of my desire to live fully in ... continue reading


How About Some REAL Reality?

Image of My reality - a husband of 25 years and three amazing children! Thank you, God!

By Shelly A. Schneider

Reality shows. They've become so big that the Emmy Awards have a couple of categories dedicated to the shows themselves and to their hosts. I confess, I've fallen under the spell that is 'reality.' It all started when I was a child, and watched 'The Price Is Right' ... continue reading


Sometimes Even Mama Creates a Bit of Drama

Image of Parenting is hard (often tireless) work and children can fray your seams sometimes.

By Tara K. E. Brelinsky

The baby walked in front of our play-set swing, while it was in use by the 6 year old, causing the littlest guy to be launched into a fresh mud puddle. That incident caused their teen-aged, sibling caretaker to lash out at the swing rider eye-for-an-eye style. I ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Numbers 12:1-13
1 Miriam, and Aaron too, criticised Moses over the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 6-7, 12-13
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 14:22-36
22 And at once he made the disciples get into the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 4th, 2015 Image

St. John Vianney
August 4: St. John Vianney, Priest (Patron of priests) Feast day - August ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter