Confidence in God – Part 2 of 2

Father Geiermann gives four more reasons why we ought to have confidence in God:

We have confidence in God because of the protection of the Virgin Mary. “Mary loves all mankind with a mother’s love. She gave us the Saviour, and so has a double interest in every one of us. . . . Her influence is all-powerful with that God of goodness who made her a worthy mother for His divine Son.”

We have confidence in God because of the mission of the Church. “Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church to bring peace on earth to all of good will. Guided by the Holy Ghost she brings peace to honest minds by teaching them the truths of religion with divine certainty. She brings peace to the human heart by reconciling the repentant sinner with God, and by making the just taste how good God is to those who love and serve Him. And she assures her children of abiding peace by offering them the means of perseverance amid the trials of life, and the divine assurance of endless bliss.”

We have confidence in God because of the power of prayer. “Prayer is the key to the infinite treasures of God’s mercy and the boundless merits of Jesus Christ.” Hear the testimony of Sacred Scripture: “Call upon Me, and I will deliver thee” (Jer 33:3). “Ask and it shall be given you: seek and you shall find: knock and it shall be opened unto you” (Matt 7:7). “If you shall ask Me anything in My name, that I will do” (John 14:14). “Amen, amen, I say to you: if you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it you” (John 16:23).

We have confidence in God because of the intercession of angels and saints. “If the prayer of Abraham, of Moses, and of other holy men and women had great influence with God while they were on earth, how much more influence must the angels and saints have before the throne of God? God Himself has appointed His angels our guardians, and His Church has placed us under the special protection of the saints. Hence, according to the teaching of St. Thomas [Aquinas], it is evidently the plan of God, that we be brought to Him through the influence of those who surround His throne, and that the more perfect members of Christ’s mystical body aid the imperfect members to increase in charity.”

Quotations from Peter Geiermann, The Narrow Way (New York: Benziger, 1914).

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