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<< Tuesday, October 16, 2001 >> St. Hedwig
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Romans 1:16-25
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Psalm 19 Luke 11:37-41
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"They certainly had knowledge of God, yet they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks; they stultified themselves." —Romans 1:21

In creation, the Lord has begun to reveal Himself to us so that we have reason to glorify and thank Him (Rm 1:20ff). However, we can play stupid by playing the role of an atheist or an agnostic. We can pretend to be wise by "speculating to no purpose" (Rm 1:21ff). When we refuse to act on the truth by praising God, we naturally praise something else and fall into idolatry (Rm 1:23). Then the Lord delivers us up to "unclean practices," such as homosexual activity (Rm 1:24-27). "They did not see fit to acknowledge God, so God delivered them up to their own depraved sense to do what is unseemly" (Rm 1:28). If we refuse to acknowledge God, we begin a chain reaction in which we "are filled with every kind of wickedness: maliciousness, greed, ill will, envy, murder, bickering, deceit, craftiness" (Rm 1:29). And this is only the beginning (see Rm 1:30ff).

Therefore, we must acknowledge God and praise Him. If we are ashamed of the gospel (Rm 1:16), Jesus will disown us before His heavenly Father (Mt 10:33). But if we acknowledge Him before men, we will not enter the path of idolatry, defilement, and wickedness, and Jesus will acknowledge us before our heavenly Father (Mt 10:32). Praise the Lord!

Prayer: Father, You are worthy to be praised always. Send the Holy Spirit to fill me with Your praises.
Promise: "Through all the earth their voice resounds, and to the ends of the world, their message." —Ps 19:5
Praise: St. Hedwig was tested with little things, like becoming a duchess, and did greater things for the glory of God.
(For a related teaching, order our tape on Effects of Sin on audio AV 81-3 or video V-81.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert A. Stricker, May 8, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 18, 2001
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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