by: Fr John Henry Hanson, OP
Behold, I make all things new. - Revelation 21:5
It does us all good to refresh, renew, and rediscover what it means to be human, to be a child of God. In Fr. John Henry's latest book, he desires to lead you "home" through a prayerful revitalization of your faith in God's plan for you-your story-by recalling its incredible beauty and depth. He reminds you that your identity as a Christian is strengthened through the sacraments-gifts of the Church that accompany and enrichen you through life.
"...if people are still people, and the world operates according to all the patterns Ecclesiastes says it does, with sunrise and sunset, rivers flowing to the sea, and the birth and death of all living things (cf. Eccl 1, 3), we should look deeper for an inner renewal caused by grace. Change without grace, renovation without interior renewal, is spiritually worthless. The thing remodeled, so to speak, remains what it always was. The most important kind of regeneration isn't outward or skin-deep but takes places in the hidden depths of the soul."
Allow yourself to be reminded that God is a lover whose very desires for you will lead you directly to fulfillment and everlasting joy. The author hopes for you to live the resounding cry: "My story must flow from him,and return to him."