| By Sister Ann Shields

Do You Live Like You’re a Temple of God?

September 12, 2023 | God loved us so much that he gave us his only Son, Jesus Christ! His son took on flesh, became like us in all things but sin. He knows our pain, our suffering and our losses. He knows!

He took on flesh and by that act would show us how to live, would actually walk with us on this earth that we might know we have Emmanuel (“God with us”). We are not orphans; we are not alone – ever! By being born on this earth, by living and suffering and dying a horrible death on a cross for us, he broke the power of death so that it would not destroy us forever. God wants us to live with him forever! We are loved beyond price, brothers and sisters. It is because of that love for us we seek to live good lives as our act of thanksgiving! That’s why I offer the questions on the next page. Ask God for the grace to conform our lives more to him. As we do, he actually takes up residence more and more in us – body, mind and spirit.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”  (1 Cor 3:16)

In light of this Scripture, what does God ask of us? He asks us to take seriously our call. He asks us to revere him by obeying what he asks because it is for our eternal good!

Spiritual Exercises

Let’s examine our lives simply and honestly:

  1. Is God at the center (or coming more to the center) of my decisions, priorities and goals in life? How can I call myself a Christian, a Catholic, if he is not at the heart of what I think and say and do? Otherwise I am only paying lip service to my faith.
  2. Do I pray daily with the Scriptures? If not, why not? How can I do God’s will, let alone know God’s will, unless I am seeking the truth in his word?
  3. Am I regularly going to the sacrament of reconciliation? When we are trying to change our lives and priorities, it helps so much to rid ourselves of those sins that inevitably “pepper” our lives. Remember that the more we confess our sins, the more strength we are given to avoid sin. God wants to give us hope and he is providing the means by which real hope can grow. Please take advantage. May God abundantly bless and lead you.

May you truly become more and more temples of the living God. It is possible because God has told us so.

Sister Ann Shields is a renowned author and a member of the Servants of God’s Love.