A favorite scripture passage for many people, including myself, is found in St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians chapter four, verse thirteen, “I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.”
By FATHER PAUL EBERLE
The “him” referred to is Jesus Christ, the savior of the world. The invitation within Paul’s words is for each of us to believe in the powerful love and abiding presence of Jesus within, and to be confident that with him all things are possible for the glory of God the heavenly Father. Something simple we can do every day to remind ourselves of the Lord’s omnipresence is to say what St. Alphonsus Liguori, an 18th century theologian and saint, used to say whenever he began a time of prayer, particularly at church when in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist, “Lord, I know you are present here with me, help me to be present here with you.” This prayer can put our heart in a holy stance before God in order to receive God’s power and grace. When we humbly recognize that we are never alone, but that God works through us for every good work, we begin to appreciate what St. Paul meant when he wrote to the Christians at Philippi about the strength of God within.
Paul Eberle serves as priest for area Catholic churches.