To Reveal, Not to Prove

Never in history has there been a good deal of scientific data or information that can be used as evidence to show that God cannot exist or that His works are a figment of human imagination. Science has proven that we are not at the center of the universe but rather a small speck in a galaxy among millions of other galaxies in the universe. We were not created but most probably we evolved from lower forms of life. Moreover, historians are slowly concluding that many of the stories from the Bible seem to be based more on myth than fact. With all these evidences, it is sometimes easier to doubt, discard our baptismal beliefs, and avoid the message of the Good News by simply not fulfilling our Christian duties or attending Holy Mass.

We need to remind ourselves that God never said that we live in the center of the universe or that we were exclusive from evolution. God didn’t appear to the prophets or to the apostles in the form of an epic drama. Neither did He appear to us in a form that would satisfy any standards of scientific scrutiny. God never came to prove himself but to reveal himself to us.

It’s when we have faith that we may realize He has always been with us. God manifests himself to us through various means. He shows himself through the daily wonders of sunrise and sunset, through inspirational works by many tireless missionaries and lay volunteers. He also shows himself through the simple smiles of our neighbors and children.

It is up to us to do our share in allowing God into our hearts and developing our spiritual lives. It starts with a little faith and when we make the time and the effort to listen to him.

“Lord, open my ears to hear the good news of your kingdom and set my heart free to love and serve you joyfully. May nothing keep me from following you wholeheartedly.”

  • Elizabeth Schmeidler

    Beautiful thoughts! Thank you for sharing. During this Advent season, we must keep in mind all the wonderful revelations of beauty and goodness our Lord has given us to help build our faith. Yes, the sun’s rising and setting, a beautiful crystal snowflake, a baby’s smile…those are all ordinary occurrences that should be seen as extraordinary. I have had many people tell me this year that they “just can’t get into the season” this year. I think it is because our country is divided. The election proved that. Still, as discouraging as this is, we can still stir up the Spirit of and love of Christ by doing for others instead of focusing on the negatives. This occurred to me just days ago when I ran across a song about angels I had written. I decided to make it into a video. If you would like to watch, here’s the link:
    Keep up the good work, all you Catholic Exchange angels! Merry Christmas!

  • Laura Kazlas

    “He shows himself through the simple smiles of our neighbors and children.”

    It might be easy for some people to focus on beauty, goodness and peace today, when so many families are suffering over the loss of their children because of the school shootings in Connecticut, but I sure can’t. 20 innocent little children and 7 adults were murdered yesterday in a senseless act of evil, the second largest, single massacre in American history. We should pray for the families who are suffering on this dark day in American history, for a community to heal and find forgiveness and peace one day, but not yet. Today is a day to pray for these families and allow ourselves to feel their grief, to cry with them and for them. Christmas will never be the same for these families, all the children who attended school at Shady Elementary, and their entire community. It may never be the same for them again. This can not, and should not ever be smoothed over, ignored or forgotten, even during this advent season, that was supposed to be filled with joy, peace and goodwill toward our fellow men.

    I can only assume that Elizabeth had not yet heard of this unfathomable massacre of the innocents that occurred in our country yesterday. May God in His infinite and compassionate love, be with these parents, siblings, families, classmates and community this day to support them and strengthen them to be able to endure not just this terrible day, but all the days ahead as well. And may God, in His infinite mercy, forgive the young man who committed this large scale murder of innocent children.

  • Laura Kazlas

    Timely quote from Blessed John Paul II:

    ‘The human heart has depths from which schemes of unheard-of
    ferocity sometimes emerge, capable of destroying in a moment the normal daily
    life of a people. But faith comes to our aid at these times when words seem to
    fail. Christ’s word is the only one that can give a response to the questions
    which trouble our spirit. Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail,
    those who believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final say.
    Christian hope is based on this truth; at this time our prayerful trust draws
    strength from it.’

    —Blessed John Paul II