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Psalm 100:4 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his faithfulness endures from age to age.
My early spiritual life was full of many doubts about the goodness of God. The God I first learned about was a wrathful God, characterized by a desire to punish those who did wrong. My faith was consumed with avoiding the punishment of an angry God. I was scared to death of God, scared to know or be known by God.
This characterization of God traumatized me, and I may always be recovering from this way of viewing things. But I have come to understand the true nature of God is seen in the self-giving love of Christ. That realization, coming to understand the nature and character of a loving and living Jesus as the incarnation of a living and loving God, has changed my life...and saved it.
Today the Church remembers Clare, Abbess at Assisi, 1253.