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God With Hidden Majesty

“By His Wounds, You Have Been Healed”

1 Peter, 2:24

What we believe, as Christians, is formed by what has happened on this solemn night of Good Friday. Everything Jesus taught, all that he did, would have been for naught had He not truly been the Son of God and had he not had the power to defeat the devil by dying on the cross. Yes, this horrid act was our Lord’s greatest triumph. Through His passion He struck down death and we received access to Eternal Life.

eucaristia1.jpgThough His sacrifice brought us salvation, it also brought Him from this world to heaven with his Father, and so for us, the majesty of our Lord is taken away, hidden once again from our eyes. However, God in His wisdom, knows his creation and knows we need the Lord forever in our presence, which is why Jesus’ final act on earth was to celebrate the first Mass with his disciples. This Mass was passed on through tradition and word from generation to generation so that all of God’s children be in the presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

This act of faith, believing that God is truly present in the Holy Mass, is simply that, an act of faith. It cannot be proven by worldly means, it cannot be explained by material objects, it cannot be argued by reason alone, but yet, it can be believed. It is not easy, this faith of ours, to be put into words, and so we look to perhaps the greatest Theologian who ever lived, St. Thomas Aquinas. In his beautiful hymm Adoro te Devote (translated below from the original Latin), Aquinas brings our faith forward and praises our Lord, present for us in the Holy Eucharist.

God with Hidden Majesty

St. Thomas Aquinas

God with hidden majesty, lies in presence here,
I with deep devotion my true God revere:
Whom this outward shape and form secretly contains,
Christ in his divinity manhood still retains.

All my other senses, cannot now perceive,
But my hearing, taught by faith, always will believe:
I accept whatever God the Son has said:
Those who hear the word of God, by the truth are fed.

God lay stretched upon the cross, only man could die.
Here upon the altar God and man both lie;
This I firmly hold as true, this is my belief,
And I seek salvation, like the dying thief.

Wounds that doubting Thomas saw I could never see,
But I still acknowledge you my true God to be;
Grant that I shall always keep strong in faith and trust,
Guided by my Saviour, merciful and just.

Blest reminder of the death suffered for the world,
Sacrament of living bread, health to every mind,
Let my soul approach you, live within your grace,
Let me taste the perfect joys time shall not efface.

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False quote of the day.

“The truth frightens people because it isn’t stable. It shifts every day.” -Alice Hoffman, The Museum of Extraordinary Things

This quote is only one of the many problems I have with this book. I found the cadence and writing in this novel to be beautiful. The descriptions are perfect and the plot and characters are interesting. However, the book has left me with an uneasy feeling in my stomach, which can be mostly attributed to this idea this quote portrays.  

This quote outlines the book well because truth is nonexistent in it. The facts change, the realities change, and every feeling is misguided. Now, the arguement can be made that these qualities make up an excellent novel as the reader will always be surprised when the real story is revealed, but with this story the real story is more troubling than the disturbing one portrayed. 

This quote, which describes the plot accurately, is false because truth does not change. It is perhaps the only constant in this world, which is what makes it the most valuable and sought attribute in a person. The idea that truth changes or shifts every day is a dangerous idea that leads us to believe false realities and mistrust the actual realities that exist before us. Yes, people lie and hide the truth, but that is a separate issue. A lie does not change the truth, it mearly disguises it and keeps you from discovering truth. This quote, however, allows for lies to become truth and truth to become lies, which, in reality, is impossible and dangerous. 

This idea about truth is the cause for much of the misguided hate in our society, because we believe all our ideas to be true instead of forming our minds to find real truth. This is a dangerous practice and if we are to survive this strange time in our world, we must stop believing in our false personal truths and seek out the truth that actually exists.