Revelation 22:20-21
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

“Amen” is a word that is simply stiff with the smell of incense.  We can’t hear it without “religion” in some of its starchiest forms drifting across our consciousness.  Unfortunately, that means that we often don’t really think about it.  It means, in Hebrew, “So be it!”  Now, when you think about it, it’s rather odd that we humans say things like “Amen” to the plans of an omnipotent God whose will, whatever we say about it, will be done anyway.  And yet, we are called to say “Amen” nonetheless: to give ourselves over completely and freely (not stiffly and starchily) to the will of God, not as robots, but as children.  That is our dignity and destiny as new creations in Christ.  Today, say “Amen” to the will of God.

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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