There is Only One God!

Jeremiah 17:13

O LORD, the hope of Israel,
All who forsake thee shall be put to shame;
Those who turn away from thee shall be written in the earth,
For they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water.

One of the vain hopes of a culture drunk on pluralism and consumerism is the desire for a plurality of gods comfortable to consumer culture. But Catholic Faith, while affirming the variety and catholicity of the Church, flatly denies a variety of gods. There are lots of ways to approach God through Christ. You can do it through Mass, lectio divina, silent contemplation, boisterous prayer, the sacraments, the Rosary, group prayer, individual prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours, charismatic worship, Scripture study, devotions to this, that, or the other saint, and prayer in Hebrew, Latin, Greek or Yapese. You can pray in a woman’s body, a man’s body, a black, white, yellow, or brown skin. You can pray standing, sitting or lying down. You can even pray in zero gravity. You can approach God through Christ in a million ways. But there is only one Father to approach and only one Christ through whom we can approach him. Walk away from him in any direction and you are walking away from the only fountain of water and out into a universal desert. Today, approach God in Christ by any means you choose, but approach him. There is no other.

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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