He’s Not a Private God!

Malachi 1:5
Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the LORD, beyond the border of Israel!”

Living, as we do, in a secular world, it becomes dangerously easy for Catholics to live in our little Catholic world with “our beliefs” as though the truths we proclaim are only true at Mass or in the company of like-minded people.  But this is not so.  God is God of the world, not just of our comfortable little Catholic mental ghetto.  Every now and then, he makes that acutely apparent by working a miracle or knocking down an Iron Curtain without bloodshed.  But even without these spectacular manifestations, we should not need to be reminded that God is great even outside the “border of Israel.”  He is great everywhere.  Always.  Whether people realize it or not.

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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  • lkeebler

    I have seen God’s Mercy extended beyond what I could have ever imagined. I have seen the beauty of true Love, so near, so close, I could hear it, touch it, swell it. Words can not describe… they seem like smudge marks on tatters of paper. His Mercy is so wide it is almost shocking, it will take your breath away… if only we would reach out to touch it.