St. Teresa of Ávila, the great mystic and Doctor of the Church, said: “You pay God a compliment by asking great things of him.” In addition to the wonderful words of wisdom from my patron and favorite saint, whose feast day we celebrated on Oct. 15, we have countless Scripture verses, as well as writings of other saints and scholars, that remind us not only of the awesome nature of God, but of how much he loves us and how he is longing to show us that love in mighty ways if we only ask him and believe.
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Mt 19:26).
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgements and his paths beyond finding out” (Rom 11:33).
“It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens” (Jer 10:12).
I could go on and on, and you probably could as well with your own favorite verses that express the awesome nature of God. I’ve actually dedicated segment after segment on my radio program, chapters in some of my books, and even given countless presentations on this topic trying to encourage fellow Catholics to have faith even when things don’t look very optimistic. “Go ahead and ask God to do something big in your life,” I can often be heard saying. Or else I often pull out one of my favorite quotes from Mother Angelica, the foundress of EWTN: “We have lost the theology of risk. There is an inner confidence that we’ve lost. We’ve lost zeal. We’ve lost guts. Unless you are willing to do the ridiculous, God will not do the miraculous.”
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