Welcome to the Masquerade

The Roman Empire was a hostile environment for Christians prior to its tolerance by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century. Even when the Romans allowed Christians to freely practice Catholicism there was still a taste of disdain between Catholics and pagans.

To be a Catholic in the first three centuries, prior to its tolerance, meant your life was on the line. Where as today if you publicly declare devout Catholicity, you may get mocked or ridiculed for believing that life begins at conception, or that marriage is between one man and one woman. You may even get bantered for being too traditional or orthodox. Sure there may be some jeering here and there, but for the early Christians you could be martyred for publicly proclaiming to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

Some people were content to closet their faith and wear masks. Not physical masks, but spiritual, in order to avoid martyrdom. While other Catholics chose not to hide behind a mask. They chose to live and share their faith openly knowing full well it may cost them their life, and were willing to sacrifice their lives in order to preach the truth.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” –John 14:6

Christ is Truth. To be a Catholic, a Christian, we are called to live truth, and to proclaim that truth to others, whether it be family, friends, or strangers. Professing the truth isn’t easy when there’s hostility in the air. Truth is also rigid. It is objective rather than subjective. But we need structure such as the Latin Mass. It focuses our attention on truth. Christ never said it was going to be easy, but He promised everlasting life in heaven if we endure.

The majority of the apostles were martyred for proclaiming the Truth of Catholicism, except for the apostle John who was exiled on the island of Patmos. Many early Christians freely gave up their lives for the faith. They did not wear (spiritual) masks. They did not hide. They openly shared the faith with others. Some may assert, “yes but they were followers of Christ,” which is true, but we too are called to be followers of Christ, to be disciples. That is what it means to be a Catholic. We do not hide from Truth. We affirm Truth. We profess Truth every Mass when we say the Credo.

In every age there has been a masquerade. Some Catholics choose to don their spiritual masks, losing sight of being a witness that attests to the true Catholic faith. While others chose to live authentic traditional Catholic lives publicly. Not afraid to shout from the rooftops that they adore Christ in traditional Catholicism and all the teachings of the Church.

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” –John 10:10

Christ promised us everlasting life. That begins here and now by cooperating, living, and sharing the beauty of traditional Catholicism with others, and to affirm all the teachings of the Church.

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.” –1 Peter 2:21

We are to be imitators of Christ (Ephesians 5:1). As Catholics we are to set the example of Christian Truth to others, to lead and to teach just as Christ did. That means we must not mask what is true and authentic when it comes to Christ or Catholicism.

Everything that occurs within the Body of Christ effects you and I, whether directly and indirectly. This goes for the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, the sanctity of the human person, and the sanctity of gender–masculine men and feminine women.

The masquerade is here and now. We are among wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15), but Christ promised us that if we endure to the end we’ll have everlasting life. Sitting at the Heavenly banquet with Him. It is not too late. It’s never too late to change hearts. We should pray for others that their masks come off. You may know people who claim to be Catholic but don’t necessarily agree with or outwardly live the faith. There will always be to some level a masquerade in the Church, but with authentic traditional Catholicism there is hope. Thankfully more and more Catholics are finding the beauty and Truth in traditional Catholicism.

“You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” –John 8:32

by John Connor

Restoring Catholic Culture

In recent decades the Catholic culture has felt a strong disorienting presence by the progressive and modernist world. There was a time when Catholic culture meant something extraordinary, and was filled with tradition.

Catholics have encountered those who believe we should get with “modern times.” The culture of the Church has never needed to be rebuilt, but to be restored with the beauty and tradition that has been around for over a millennium.

“The Church alone, being the Bride of Christ and having all things in common with her Divine Spouse, is the depository of the truth.” –Pope St. Pius X

To better understand the idea of restoring the Church’s tradition and culture we first have to look at how this happened in the first place. The world, the devil, and the flesh. The modernist worldview says we must change with the times. They insist that we must see the faith in relative terms, focusing on how we feel. Satan uses similar tactics. The devil would love nothing more than for the Mass to look like a theatrical show, with as little beauty and reverence as possible, because the evil one knows how important a sacred Mass is to us. Then there’s the flesh. The flesh says “I want to be entertained,” even at Mass. Catholics can overcome these attacks and see to it the Church is restored to its rightful beauty.

The family is the nucleus of our culture. You don’t have to look very far to see how much the culture has changed in the past few generations. And not necessarily for the better. The decline of Catholic tradition has created more lukewarm or “cafeteria” Catholics. Jesus said we are not to be lukewarm (Revelation 3:16). We are not to conform to this world, but to be transformed (Romans 2:12). Everything we do in our daily routines can and should point toward God. A traditional liturgy helps sharpen our senses to recognize God’s presence in our day-to-day lives.

Liturgy and Catholic family culture are cyclical. Attending a traditional Mass regularly (at least once a week) can have a tremendous impact on the family, providing virtues that will propel them to a more devout life. This action brings them right back to the Mass again, hungry for Christ in the Eucharist. Liturgy should be transforming, not entertaining. Christ also deserves the best liturgy we can offer Him. The progressive culture causes the Liturgy to be diluted. More Catholics are responding to this by attending a traditional Mass.

Modernism has tried to rebuild Catholic tradition by “breaking away with the past.” Pope Saint Pius X condemned the heresy of Modernism in his encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis. Modernists view doctrines and dogmas as “evolving” over time that best fits the contemporary culture. Modernists also tend to reduce the supernatural down to the natural level. They believe that since human reason cannot comprehend the existence of God, that we must reduce God, the Church, and the faith to mere feelings. Today this ideology has led to fewer Catholics who believe in the Real Presence in the Eucharist. When the supernatural is deemphasized in the Mass, the Eucharist looks more like a symbol rather than Jesus in the Flesh.

We don’t need to reinvent the wheel and rebuild the Catholic Church’s traditions and culture, we can restore the beauty of Catholic culture, which means a liturgy rich with tradition. We already have a Sacred Liturgy with Latin and chant, beauty and reverence. Catholics can respond to this need for a restoration of beautiful Catholic tradition and culture, which will then strengthen the family. This provides a strong supernatural presence of Christ both in the Church and resonates in the home. Together we can restore Catholic culture.

by John Connor

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Liturgy You Deserve

When one attends Holy Mass, there are two essentials that one may reasonably expect, namely good music and a good homily. This expectation is not demanding, and in fact it is not demanding enough. To understand better this point, let us take a deeper look beyond these two elements (music and homily) towards the Liturgy itself.

In terms of liturgical worship, we seek out the supernatural, something with spiritual substance and depth. Deep down we hunger for a Liturgy that is rich and steeped in tradition. This desire flows from our love of God which spurs us on to offer the very best to Him.

“When the Eucharist is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar.” –St. John Chrysostom

In the contemporary world, one can hear a great sermon plus entertaining music at a “mega church.” As Catholics, we are attracted to a liturgy that will satisfy our spiritual hunger. The Mass should be out of the ordinary (literally, “extra-ordinary”), rather than ordinary.

Instead of Jesus coming to us at the Mass on a natural level, we want to be supernaturally caught up to the mystical heavenly banquet that takes place right before our very eyes at Mass.

“It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.” –St. Padre Pio

A priest’s primary role is to help us get to heaven by way of the Sacraments. His job is to administer the Sacraments, especially celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass–the Eucharist. All other side ministries and projects a priest may start or be involved in are secondary to his primary, sacramental role.

You should expect more from the Mass, and here’s how.

Ad Orientem
If one wishes to experience something “ever ancient and yet ever new,” attend a Mass wherein the priest faces the East. This is known as ad orientem worship. For the past several decades, most priests celebrate Mass versus populum, which means “facing the people.” We are more familiar with this posture. For over a millennium, however, Mass was always celebrated ad orientem and this direction has a lot of beautiful and rich symbolism.

“For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man.” –Matthew 24:27

This way we all face the same direction in joyful expectation of Christ returning to us from the east.

If one has never been to a Mass where the priest faces ad orientem, it may look like the priest is turning his back to the people. This may cause people to feel offended, like they do not matter. A priest with a charming or charismatic personality comes across stronger when he is facing you. This may seem warm and inviting, but the priest has a very important duty to perform, and that is to offer the Eucharistic sacrifice at the Mass.

When a priest celebrates ad orientem, he empties himself of his own personality, and you get a clearer picture of the Mass being a sacrifice. At Mass the priest stands “in the person of Christ” or, in Latin, in persona Christi. As the priest steps up to the altar to offer the Eucharistic sacrifice on our behalf, he is in essence entering the holy of holies. Standing before God Almighty to offer Him the greatest sacrifice–the Eucharist.

When we all face the same direction, in other words, facing God, the priest and the laity together offer worship to Him. When the priest faces the people, the Mass can come across as a theatrical play, or a simple call and response. The priest “calls” and we “respond.” When the priest faces ad orientem, it is not to insult, but to lead us in worship and adoration.


Sacred Music
God deserves the best music at Mass. By “best,” I do not mean the organist’s capabilities or the cantor singing in key or loud enough for the parish to hear. Rather, I speak of what best pleases God, what best brings out our internal participation from the external.

There are so many different musical genres to choose from. But the genre of music that deserves the most respect at Mass is not the most-trendy, upbeat music. The sanctuary of the church is a sacred place where the Eucharistic sacrifice is offered to God. Sacred music best fits a sacred liturgy.

At Mass we embark on a sacred journey where we take part in a thanksgiving sacrifice–the Eucharist. Music that is sacred fits properly with the sacredness of the liturgy. Some contemporary styles of music do not necessarily resonate the sacred, but they are entertaining. Being entertained at Mass can distract us from what is happening at the altar. Sacred music will heighten our senses far above the outward feelings and emotions we get from, for example, the praise and worship style of music.

“The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially proper to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.” –Sacrosanctum Concilium, par. 116

Chant and polyphony are preferred by the Church, but there are plenty of traditional hymns that properly fit the criteria of sacred music. Sacred music has a mystical “awe” about it, because it is simply that–sacred. It does not convey being “entertained” at Mass as the Mass is not about being entertained, it is about worship, adoration, and sacrifice. Sacred music reflects this fact.

Lex orandi, lex credendi is a Latin phrase that means “the law of praying [is] the law of believing.” In other words, good liturgy leads to good theology, or, the way you worship is the way you believe. If Mass is beautiful, reverent, and sacred, one is more likely to see clearly (and hopefully accept) the doctrines of the Church, especially the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

In the Latin Church, there are two expressions of the Latin Liturgy—the Extraordinary Form and the Ordinary Form. Many Catholics today are more familiar with the Ordinary Form as it is the use most seen and practiced today. I would, however, like to focus upon the Extraordinary Form for a moment as I believe it most closely represents what I have herein discussed about liturgical worship.

What is beautiful about the Extraordinary Form is that it incorporates both ad orientem and sacred music. Moreover, it is almost entirely in Latin and there’s something sacred about Latin in the liturgy. It is the liturgical tongue of the Latin Church. At the Extraordinary Form, one uses all five senses, especially at a High Mass wherein there are more “bells and whistles.” One will see a liturgy that is beautiful and reverent. Liturgy should not feel plain and mundane. No, it should lift us up from the mundane to God. Liturgy that will truly feed us, yet leave us hungry for more, is a Liturgy worth attending.

God has given us a most beautiful Liturgy in the Extraordinary Form to offer worship to Him. Rather than say I “deserve” the Latin Mass, it is this beautiful Liturgy that helps me offer my best to God.

by John Connor

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Angels & Demons

People have always been intrigued by angels (and demons). I think because there’s a certain mystery surrounding angels and their role in salvation history.

The word “angel” is derived from the Latin word angelus which means “messenger.” Angels are pure spirits. They do not have a natural body like you and I. Angels cannot die or be substantially changed. Sometimes angels have taken on a bodily form for specific purposes as we see in Luke’s Gospel at the Annunciation. The angel Gabriel visited our Blessed Mother in a human form to announce she was to be the mother of Jesus.  When an angel takes on a human form, he expresses its angelic power using the body as an instrument.

“We are like children, who stand in need of masters to enlighten us and direct us; God has provided for this, by appointing his angels to be our teachers and guides.” – St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica

Angels have intellectual knowledge, or creatural knowledge, and have no need to learn. At the moment of their existence God infused them with all the knowledge they need to perform their duties, and know only what God wills for them to know. The intellect of an angel is incomprehensible to us. All angels do not possess the same level of knowledge.

There is a hierarchy among the angels. The imparting of knowledge by God is given to the higher levels of angels and flows through to the lower level of angels. The lower angels are illuminated or instructed by the higher angels.

Within the angelic hierarchy there are three orders. The highest hierarchy includes the Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones. Lucifer may have been either a Seraph or Cherub. The middle hierarchy include the Dominations, Virtues, and Powers. The lower hierarchy includes Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. The lower hierarchy has the most interaction with humans, especially our guardian angels.

To put into perspective how many possible angelic orders there are, every person that has ever lived or will live all have guardian angels.

Just like human beings, angels have free will. Even though angels have a great deal of knowledge they still have the ability to say no to God.

Although angels were created in heaven and in the state of sanctifying grace, they did not initially possess the beatific vision. Angels possess both an intellect and will. Because angels have free will means they are able to sin. Some of the angels did sin. These fallen angels (demons) wanted to be like God. The sin of pride is what caused the demons to fall from grace. The angels that did not reject God’s grace went on to possess the beatific vision. Beatified angels therefore cannot sin.

Demons are unrepentant of their sin, therefore have freely made their choice not to follow God, hence they are in hell for all eternity. Lucifer and the other demons desire to wage a spiritual war against mankind. They want nothing more than to separate us from God. The angels protect us from the diabolical attacks of demons, which are often times subtle. Demons are very good at temptation.

While in the desert for forty days, Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-11). The evil one threw everything he had at our Lord, yet Christ prevailed and is our example how we are to withstand his evil, yet subtle, attacks. Some believe that Lucifer tested our Lord to see if He really was the Son of God.

“It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.” – C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters

People have asked what causes a person to be spiritually attacked by a demon, whether it be temptation, oppression, or worse case, possession. Demons can provoke subtle attacks even on the most devout Catholic, but they also look for a foothold in the door. Usually a “gateway” sin, such as pornography. I know people look a blind eye when pornography is mentioned, but there is a reason why it causes so much turmoil in a person’s life, especially married couples.

Thanks to Hollywood people have become infatuated with demonic possession and exorcism. Father Gary Thomas, an exorcist from the Diocese of San Jose, California gives an inside look to what it’s like to be an exorcist in  “Interview with an Exorcist” (Catholic Answers). Father Thomas experience as an exorcist became the inspiration for the movie, The Rite, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins.

“We should show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our coheirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father.” –St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Jesus said in Matthew 24:13, “But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.” We have the Heavenly Hosts and the Communion of Saints on our side in this spiritual battle. With daily prayer and frequenting the sacraments, it’s a steep, uphill battle for Lucifer and the evil ones to attack us. The Real Presence in the Eucharist and the Rosary are powerful weapons against the evil one. We shall prevail.

Pray to your guardian angel and to St. Michael daily. Here is a great prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

by John Connor

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Discipleship

A disciple is someone who “adheres to the teachings of another.” As Catholics we adhere to the teachings of Jesus through the Catholic Church. We are His students. Christ desires for us to be like Him.

Our discipleship begins at our baptism when we enter into the covenant family of God, and continues to form at home. We learn from our parents what it means to be Catholic by going to Mass every Sunday, going to Confession on a regular basis, praying together as a family, and receiving the sacraments.

The way we worship [at Mass] is what structures our belief system as Catholics. For instance, if Mass is celebrated reverently we will learn to believe that the Eucharist is the actual Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ, and not just a symbol. How we worship in the liturgy resonates what we believe as Catholics. This is an important part of how our discipleship with Christ comes to fruition.

Does being a disciple of Christ mean you have to be an active participant, that you have to possibly make changes in your life?

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.” – John 14:15

When you truly love our Lord and have an eagerness to be His disciple, you will follow His two Great Commandments, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:36-40) The ten commandments are summed up in these two. Christ instructs us to keep these two as the greatest acts of love we can offer to God and others.

As disciples we follow Jesus by obeying him through His commandments, and we also have to be willing to give Him everything we have. In the story of “The Rich Man” (Matthew 19:16-22) the man followed the commandments, but was unwilling to give up everything. He enjoyed his possessions. Does following Jesus mean we have to literally give up everything we own? No, you have to make a living to put food on the table and pay your bills, etc. If there is something that comes between you and God, then yes you must be wiling to give that up. Sometimes it helps to take inventory of all the external things you love and enjoy doing to see if they get in the way of going to Mass every Sunday or daily prayer. These can be the simplest of distractions. Eliminate distractions and you’re then able to focus on God.

Christ calls you and I to be disciples by ways of our baptism, but He also calls us to form others to become disciples too (i.e. devout Catholics) when He preached the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus calls us to make disciples of all nations. That means telling others about Jesus and His Catholic Church. You have to evangelize. Share the good news about why being Catholic is awesome. Your formation of being a faithful disciple never ends. There is plenty to discover about the Catholic Church in order to help you form disciples.

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

Being a faithful Catholic and disciple is not easy. There will be adversity along the way. We live in a “me” culture that is very secular. You’ll run into opposition on important topics as abortion and same-sex “marriage.” Jesus never said being a disciple would be easy, but you will be rewarded in the end. “For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14) As Catholics, as disciples of Jesus Christ, we shall endure. “If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:12-13)

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” –St. Catherine of Sienna

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God’s Love on the Cross

According to tradition, in the fourth century the Emperor Constantine’s mother, St. Helena, discovered the true Cross of Christ while on a pilgrimage in Jerusalem. Helena and Constantine ordered the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to be built on the holy site where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected from the dead.

Constantine abolished crucifixion c. AD 337. Until then crucifixion was an extreme means to kill the victim in an excruciating and dishonorable way. Before Constantine, the early Christians saw the cross as torture and capital punishment.

Eventually the cross became a symbol of life and love, rather than death, through the Resurrection. Jesus Christ died on the cross, and changed the course of history by being resurrected.

His death on the cross is what saves us, and the Resurrection is proof that He is the Son of God.

“For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.” – John 3:16

Jesus loves us so much that He was willing to die on the cross for our sins. God the Father did not punish Jesus on our behalf, rather, Jesus as the second person of the Trinity, took upon Himself to lay down His life so that we too may have everlasting life with Him in heaven. Jesus willfully, out of pure love, laid down His own life to save us.

As Christians we look at the Cross today as an instrument or symbol of what love really is.

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumbling block, and unto the Gentiles foolishness.” – 1 Corinthians 1:23

The reason we have crucifixes, rather than empty crosses, is to remind us of the ultimate sacrifice Christ made for us out of love. He loves us so much that He gave up His life for all of salvation. As Catholics we do not leave Christ on the cross (e.g. crucifix) as punishment, rather it’s a fitting reminder of what He did for us. Save us from our sins so we make have everlasting life.

The cross was a brutal way to die. We see the cross is a symbol of love. We look to the cross and give thanks to God almighty for his love for us. His willingness to sacrifice Himself on our behalf. We do not deserve it, but we can certainly appreciate by receiving and accepting this precious gift of new life.

That is why we venerate the cross certain times of the year, such as Good Friday, and celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross every September 14, to remind us of the love God has for us and the cross was used as a means to save us from our sins.

God could have chosen any manner to save us, but He chose to die for us. Sacrificial love is the most perfect act of love. In Greek, the word agape refers to the highest form of love one can offer to someone.

The next time you’re at Mass and you see the crucifix, remind yourself of the love (agape) God has given you. We can offer our love back to him at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

by John Connor

Catholicism in College

In youth group, a major concern was how to keep us Catholic in college.  We were read terrifying numbers of how many people leave the Church in their college years, we were given talks and books to prepare us for the college experience, and we were encouraged to deepen our relationship with God.  I was given great advice, but I would like to share with you a reflection on the first two years of my college life.  By finding God in each day, I not only stayed Catholic, but grew in my faith!  He is everywhere if you look for Him!

I turned the time between classes into a time to raise my thoughts, contemplate on the beauty of creation, and give thanks to God.  I was blessed to be on a beautiful campus my first two years.  Every time I walked from class to class all of the flowers, trees, and other creation pointed directly to the Creator.  It is rejuvenating to take a deep breath of fresh air, look around at the beautiful sky and earth and thank God.  But nature is not the only type of creation that points to God.

Everyone we pass by each day is a beloved child of the Father.  It is amazing how uniquely complex people are.  Everyone has hopes, dreams, fears, passions, etc.  We’re all amazing creatures that can interact with each other in complex ways, have the ability to be rational, and have the vocation to love.  Most amazing is that everyone has a soul, an immortal soul made in the image and likeness of God.  Everyone has the image of the Divine in them.  Nothing on earth can compare to the infinite beauty of our souls, not even the most breathtaking sunset, piece of art, or music.  We are surrounded by beautiful masterpieces everyday – human beings.  Yet people hardly acknowledge others.

“And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

God can also be found in the classroom.  All of the subjects have the mark of the Lord in them because He is their source.  “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

In any of the sciences, we learn about how creation works and how our amazingly brilliant and wise Creator did it!  Everything is so complex and intricate that it is hard to picture anything at all coming about without a creator.

In English, we get to learn how to use language to eloquently and convincingly convey truths and the Gospel that were put in place by the Divine Author.

In history, we study those who have gone before us and witness how God worked in their lives, but also learn from their mistakes.

In government, we learn how humans should to interact to protect the rights and dignities of each other, especially the most vulnerable among us.

In philosophy, we seek truth and wisdom.  In Greek, philosophy literally means “love of wisdom.”

In psychology, we study the infinite complexities of the mind that God has given us.  In Greek, psychology means “study of the soul and mind.”

Though it was a challenge, I have even found God in math!  God brings order out of chaos.  In the beginning, He separated light from darkness, the sky from the waters, and the waters from the earth.  Just as God has brought order out of chaos, we get to bring order by the logic and rationality of mathematics.

Finding God in my studies and time in college has helped my faith grow.  He is present in the beautiful earth, the people that fill it, and the knowledge that He has blessed us with.  This mindset gives me greater perspective on what the purpose of an education is.  It is to learn and know more about God to be able to serve Him.

I think these practices of seeking God in each day is a powerful prayer that can be practiced by anyone, regardless of stage of life or vocation.  I pray that each day you will be blessed to see God’s presence in your life!

“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

by Sarah Pressman