“The glory of God is a human being fully alive; and to be alive consists in beholding God.” —St. Irenaeus
As a child, my image of God was “the policeman in the sky.” The vivid graphic in my third-grade Baltimore Catechism supported this concept. My God had a long white beard and looked rather scary. As I grew into adulthood and entered religious life this image changed, but the concept of a God who kept track of my every failure did not easily fade away. I knew that God is love and had heard it in the Scriptures at Mass, but for some reason that third-grade image hung on.
Sister Honora is the Director of Pastoral Services at RENEW and a Dominican Sister of Amityville, NY.Tags: ask for forgiveness, Baltimore Catechism, be less judgmental, crucifix, Dominican sister, Feast of St. Irenaeus, great Christian theologians, human in all but sin, humanity, image of God, Incarnation, Jesus, paschal mystery, policeman in the sky, prayer, renew catholic program, RENEW International, Scripture, St. Irenaeus, tradition
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