Category Archives: Fear of the Lord (Reverence)

Zechariah vs. Mary

How different was the “How will I know?” of Zechariah and the “How is this possible?” of Mary? They seem so similar, but the reaction of Gabriel could not be more different. Why? It appears to be due to the … Continue reading

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The fires of Hell are the fires of God

The fires of Hell are the fires of God to those who never made the journey that results in becoming on fire. When God’s full glory is revealed, if we are not yet on fire, it will be too late … Continue reading

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Completing the circle of mercy

There are two obvious lessons of mercy we need to learn: to seek forgiveness from God and to extend forgiveness to our brother. They are linked in the Lord’s Prayer, such that the first will not happen without the second. … Continue reading

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Great quote by Saint Francis de Sales

“We must fear God out of love, not love Him out of fear.”

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Pay attention to God’s absolute majesty–you need it

If only we knew how to listen, we would hear God telling us: “I am so powerful that even evil obeys me. I can get the evil in your life–even your evil–to work for good. But not without your cooperation. … Continue reading

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Edith Stein: Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

“The surrender of the soul to God is the highest achievement of its freedom.” “Only the person who renounces self-importance, who no longer struggles to defend or assert himself, can be large enough for God’s boundless action.” “I felt that … Continue reading

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God’s freedom to save us any way he likes

It’s one thing to intend, like God, that everyone be saved. But we tend to be like Peter, in that if God chooses a way we think is beneath him, we are quick to protest. That’s too ugly, awkward, sloppy, … Continue reading

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