As it is Now!

Hebrews 1:3

He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of His nature, upholding the universe by His word of power.

St. Thomas Aquinas remarked long ago that if God wished to destroy the universe He would not have to do anything.  He would have to stop doing something.  Creation is not a “once upon a time” thing.  It is occurring right now.  This does not mean that God is busy lighting off new Big Bangs in some other universe as you read this.  It means that the quarks, atoms and molecules which compose your body and the computer screen you are looking at (not to mention the kangaroos, distant stars, and hairs in Barbara Streisand’s capacious nose and everything else) are all held in being right this second by the purposeful act of God.  If He did not continue to uphold them in being, they would all go away.  God’s glory is being displayed right now in every part of the universe by the mere fact that the universe is — now!

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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