Temple of God (1 Cor 3:11) by Kathryn Lopez

09 Aug Temple of God (1 Cor 3:11) by Kathryn Lopez

IMG_1180Each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Cor 3:11
Reflection: St. Paul asks us: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” He reminds us: “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.” What glorious unity! And as the day – today or tomorrow and every day — presents its challenges, this psalm provides nourishment: “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Therefore, we fear not, though the earth be shaken and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea.” Honestly, what more do we need? Not even Siri is that good. Nothing of man is. God alone. And yet He offers it all – everything good, eternally – to undeserving us. How can we not agree “Zeal for your house will consume me”? How can we not pray it does? Because this is the God’s honest truth: We can’t do it alone. And we don’t have to. And the peace of Christ is the peace that will nourish, protect, and raise us up. I am reminded of St. Catherine of Siena: “Engraft yourself onto the tree of the cross. Bind yourself by love, by measureless, infinite charity, to the slain lamb who pours out his blood from every part of his body. Let these hearts of ours be broken open! No more harness, no more carelessness – for time does not sleep but runs its course relentlessly! Let us make our dwelling place with Him in love and holy desire, and we need never be afraid again.”
Challenge: What are you doing at 3 this afternoon (Hour of Mercy)?  Offer up a prayer in atonement for our sins and the culture of death.
Pray LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion.
: “Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, Lead thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home, Lead thou me on!” ~ Blessed John Henry Newman
All In Christ for Pro-Life,
* Kathryn Lopez is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a nationally syndicated columnist who writes and speaks frequently on faith and public life and building a culture of life.

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