Baruch 4:28-29

For just as you purposed to go astray from God,
return with tenfold zeal to seek him. For he who brought these calamities upon you
will bring you everlasting joy with your salvation."

Like Jeremiah, Baruch looks at the worst events in Israel's history and sees hope.  The wonderful thing about sin is that it is not a Fate, but a choice.  You can't control your DNA, or your height.  But you can choose to sin, and therefore choose not to.  To be sure, we all struggle with the effects of original sin, but we still are free to some degree or other and can choose to ask God to help us in weakness.  Today, return to God, just as you once purposed to go astray.  He will welcome you back with open arms.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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