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A Matter of Trust


crouching_adamSo many events in life teach us not to trust. So often our trust has been betrayed in the political realm, in business dealings, and in personal relationships. So it’s no wonder that we might find it difficult to trust in God’s mercy.
 
But think about this: Humanity’s first sin was based on willful disobedience toward God and lack of trust in
his mercy.
 
When Adam and Eve heard God calling to them in Eden, they hid in fear. They knew they had done wrong, but they didn’t trust him.
 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: “Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his creator die in his heart and, abusing his freedom, disobeyed God’s command.” (CCC, 2nd ed. 397)
 
Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, wrote about it this way: “Truly, sin begins with a lack of trust. Sure, pride was there, too. But the starting point, the origin of sin, is lack of trust in God. And this applies not only to the first sin but to all subsequent sin” (The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, Marian Press, p. 18).
 
Our prayer today:
 

Father,
you call to us today as you did our first parents in the Garden.
Strengthen our trust in your divine mercy,
so that we may never hide from you.

 
Peter W. Yaremko, a former journalist, is the owner of Executive Media, Inc. and is a specialist in executive communications. He attends St. Peter the Apostle Church in Provincetown, Massachusetts and blogs at peterwyaremko.com/paradise_diaries.

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