Worthy of all Glory

Worthy of all Glory

giving God the praise He deserves
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There has been a recurring theme in my spiritual life lately:

God's glory.

So many times, we call on God when we need something. Our prayers consist of "God please grant me X" or "Lord I really need Y".

Yes, God wants us to bring our needs to him, but He is so much more than the good gifts that He gives us. His gifts are just the surface of his goodness.

God deserves glory for who He is as a person.

As creator of the universe.

As the breath of life.

As giver of abundant, undeserving grace.

As just and holy

As all powerful and all knowing

There are so many attributes of God that deserve eternal praise.

In his model of prayer, Jesus asks that God's kingdom come to earth as it is in heaven. Imagine that. Everyone always praising God for who he is. Not always focusing on what God can give to us, but what we can praise Him for.

These glorious attributes can be seen all throughout our lives--

In the gift of music- His beauty and emotion are shown

In the essentials of food and water- His role as provider is made apparent

In the sunrise- His majesty and creativity are displayed

In the waves of the ocean- His infinite grace and mercy that continue to wash over us

In our next prayers, let's spend some time praising God and giving Him the glory he deserves.

Recognize Him for what he is worth rather than just a request granter.


"Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10 ESV

"Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty" Psalm 104:1

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30 Bible Verses For The Broken-Hearted

The first month is always the hardest.
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These Bible verses aren't only for people experiencing a break-up; they're meant to be uplifting, comforting and to bring a sense of peace to anyone who's hurting. The first month after every hardship is always the most difficult.

1. Matthew 11:28-30

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened; and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

2. John 14:27

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

3. Psalm 55:22

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved."

4. Psalm 147:3

"He heals the broken-hearted, and bandages their wounds."

5. Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight."

6. 1 Peter 4:19

"So then let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator as they do good."

7. Romans 5:1-2

"Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God's glory."

8. Romans 8:28

"And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose."

9. Philippians 3:13-14

"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive towards the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

10. Psalm 34:18

"The Lord is near the broken hearted; He delivers those who are discouraged."

11. Romans 8:39

"Nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

12. Psalm 73:26

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

13. Psalm 71:20

"You who have shown me great distress and troubles will revive me again, and will bring me up again from the depths of the Earth."

14. Isaiah 43:1 b

"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine."

15. Romans 8:18

"For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us."

16. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord, 'plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and hope.'"

17. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

"We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed."

18. Ezekiel 36:26

"Also, I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will take away the stoney heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh."

19. 1 Peter 5:7

"Cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you."

20. Revelation 21:4

"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. There shall be no more death. Neither shall there be any more sorrow nor crying nor pain, for the former things have passed away."

21. Isaiah 41:10

"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

22. Deuteronomy 31:6

"Be strong and of good courage. Fear not, nor be afraid of them, for the Lord your God it is He who goes with you. He will not fail you, nor forsake you."

23. Romans 5:8

"I loved you at your darkest."

24. Isaiah 43:18

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past."

25. Psalm 46:1-2

"God is our refuge and strength; a well proven help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the Earth be removed."

26. Hebrews 13:5-6

"Let your lives be without love of money, and be content with the things you have. For He has said 'I will never leave you, nor forsake you'. So we may boldly say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?'"

27. Romans 15:13

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit."

28. Luke 20:17

"But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?”

29. Psalms 9:9

"The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble."

30. Psalm 30:5

"For His anger endures but a moment, in His favor is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."



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No, I Won't Abandon The Catholic Church Because Of The Recent Scandals

Abandoning the Catholic Church and our faith only helps Satan further his reach.

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I refuse to leave the Catholic Church because of the recent (and not so recent) sex scandals involving some of our priests, bishops and even higher-ups. By this point, we all are aware of the variety of sexual assaults that have been committed. When people learn we are Catholic, we all have also been probably lashed out at. Among a few of the things I have been asked and told, some more rude and harsh than others, the one that sticks with me has been asked to me by some of my closest friends: "How do you still proclaim you are Catholic and go to weekly Mass when your priests assault altar boys?"

Hearing someone say those words out loud never gets easier. There is never a second that you don't stop after that question and at least subconsciously think, "Why the hell am I still here? Why and how could this have happened?"

In order to realize that we can still be faithful Catholics after tragedies such as these, we need to revisit our roots in Christ. We need to turn to the Bible and our pope for guidance and to help us remember our true purpose as Catholics.

As a Catholic, it is your job to love, respect and worship God first and foremost. It is not your job to blindly take the word of those who publicly act as Christ would; rather, it is your job to discern when God's divine intervention to our clergy stops and humans' selfish intentions begin.

Being a Catholic means being forgiving. Forgiving your enemies, those who betray you and those who betray the innocent. It is not our job as mere mortals to play judge, jury and executioner with God's fellow creations. Forgiveness is hard. Incredibly hard in this case.

As someone who has been sexually assaulted, I can only begin to commiserate with the sexual abuse victims of the Catholic Church. I understand the emotional and spiritual toll it can take on someone. I will never understand the rage, betrayal and guilt the members of the affected churches feel, let alone the families of the victims.

But God calls us to forgiveness. God calls us to greatness. God calls us to draw nearer to Him in times of trouble and despair. Although we as a Catholic community may feel shame over our brothers and sisters in Christ committing such heinous acts, we should not abandon our Church or our faith. If we do that, we are furthering the devil's cause that began in the hearts of the corrupt clergy.

Abandoning the Church and our faith is merely asking Satan to take another step into the Catholic Church and further infiltrate it. By leaving the Church and our faith, we are allowing Satan and his slaves to further destroy the declining Christian base and morale throughout the world.

Here I am, Lord. Is it I? Should I be the one to incessantly pray for forgiveness for those who have committed those heinous crimes? Should I be the one to incessantly pray for the victims, their families, their parishes and their eventual inner peace with themselves and their pasts? Should I be the one to incessantly pray that they either remain in the Church or one day return to Her?

It should be all of us. All of us should pray. Constantly. Without end.

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