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A contemplative meditation.

 
PEER
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A contemplative meditation.
Dedicated and Entrusted to St. Michael the Archangel and the Blessed Virgin Mary for the glory and praise of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord:

Our best notion of God is what infinite and perfect right? Yet even if we took our notion of infinite and multiplied it by our concept of perfect, our concept of God would be infinitely incomplete. Yet paradoxically, and at the same time He reveals Himself to us in many ways: through People, in the beauty and inspiring awe of the Universe around us, throughout History with miracles, signs, and wonders, God is revealed to us in the warmth of even the thought of the Charity, Love, and Service of His people throughout the world who shine like lights in what can sometimes be a dark world, and we believe that above all He has revealed Himself through Immanuel; God Incarnate - Jesus Christ our Lord, the Son of God: the Word by which all things came to be, and the visible Image of the invisible God! All these ways He reveals Himself to us, and in how many more personal ways does He reveal Himself in our lives?

In prayer, meditation, and inspiration; with grace, fire, and healing. In this way we can appreciate that He pours Himself out to all of us as a Stream of Life, Love, Light, and Truth coming down to us from above through the various conduits, channels, and instruments of His perfect Benevolence. Life is good. May we be blessed to be receptive to Him with ever growing Faith, Hope, and Love.

In what ways does God reveal Himself to you?
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So God created the Universe from nothing but Himself to draw inspiration from. God has created us in His Image and likeness, and has allowed us to take part in His creative nature. Unlike God however artists draw from the World around us, the World we perceive, that was created by Him, in their creative acts of art and music. If the Universe around us is this beautiful...how much more beautiful is the one who created it then?!
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A brief contemplation on the existence of God:

The questions of our origins, where we came from, who we are, and who we are meant to be, as well as questions pertaining to the existence and nature of God are Universally found back as far as recorded history itself. The innate yearning to seek out answers to these questions is seemingly as important as any of our other drives, of those to meet our immediate material needs, to survive and thrive, because even when our other hungers are fulfilled these curiosities remained. This leads me to believe that perhaps the answer to these questions transcends our immediate 'material' needs, and beyond our material nature into a higher realm of the spirit, mind, and soul.

Seek and you shall find. Proofs for the existence of the immaterial soul go back thousands of years, and the more science learns about the Universe and the Human Person the more it becomes glaringly obvious that there is a Masterful Creator behind it all. The pursuit to answer the question of 'Who' that Masterful Creator is, what He is like, and what our relationship is to Him would lead you into less fundamental questions of Philosophy and Religion, which you could spend a lifetime contemplating and discussing. Some important questions that arise: Does God exist? If God exists how could we know? It has been argued that the only way Man could know if God exists was if God has revealed Himself to mankind. What revelations from God would suffice to establish at the very least His existence? Has God revealed Himself to mankind in the present, and throughout History? I would argue emphatically-Yes!

I propose a brief excerpt from Psalm 19 as a suitable answer, if you would consider:

"1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world."

This is interesting in light of the notion that we came from the stars because it suggests that even the stars point to God as our origins, for Who created the stars in all their glory and beauty? Certainly the one who created the visible Universe and all its beauty, wonder, glory, and awe must be infinitely more beautiful, wonderful, glorious, and awesome!

And while less 'flowery' in their poetry, and convicting in the reality of their truth I offer you the words of St. Paul from his Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 1:

"since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles."

And lastly an excerpt from the Good News of Jesus Christ according to the Apostle John, Chapter 1:

"1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

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