He’s Been There!

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

The fathomless paradox of the universe is that this verse is true precisely because, in his own time of trouble, God received no help at all.  When he cried out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” God Incarnate joined himself to every person who has ever sunk to the bottom of the pit of despair.  And so we can truly say, “If I go down to the grave, behold!  You are there!”  There is no place in human existence, however dark and choking, that God has not been himself.  And because of that, he knows the way back out and into the light of the Resurrection!  Today thank God that he has gone as far down he could go to lift us up to sit in the heavenlies with Christ!

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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