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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Feast of Saint Athanasius

Good morning. If there is a God, where is the proof? We are not alone in this questioning; people have been questioning the existence of God for centuries. Folks have made up all sorts of ideas of whom and what God is. People have created various belief systems, religions and ways of life based upon their beliefs in God. For some folks, their belief in God, whatever it may be, is sufficient; they have no need or desire to prove that He exists. There are others, who, no matter what, refuse to believe; and, some, who go out of their way to attempt to disprove His existence.

 Now, I haven’t the space, nor the aptitude to offer explanations for God’s existence here, and suggest that you visit with Peter Kreeft for some explanations regarding the proof of God’s existence. I guess, ultimately we can’t prove, at least not in a scientific sense of there being empirical evidence which is experienced precisely in the same way by every person who has an encounter. All this being said, the only proof there is and needed, and ultimately matters, is that of our own personal experience, and this can only happen if we desire it to be. We cannot have an experience of God unless we seek or want to experience Him in our lives. In much the same way that we must seek out other people to experience their goodness in our lives.

Jesus, in today’s Gospel reminds us that "Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.” Yes, but “Where do we see Him?” we ask. Where do we experience God in our lives? We experience God in the same way we experience love. That experience just is, it doesn’t need to be proven, it just is. It is what it is. Your experience of love is only true for you and cannot be proven to another person. We cannot put it under a microscope and examine it, it just is. And, so it is with God. How do we know this? Because we have experienced His presence in our lives in various ways in the same way we experience the love of our spouse or our children. Yet, it often defies description. It is what it is. It is the same with God. It comes from an inner experience that is beyond words, beyond proof, beyond empirical evidence and data. Our experience of God is much like that of love, because God is love. I know love, therefore I know God. It is what it is. Make a great day! 

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Athanasius. "For the faith which the Council confessed in writings is the faith of the Catholic Church." Letter on the Council of Nicaea, 350 A.D.

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