Only You, Lord

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“Non Nise Ti Domine.” This was the hallmark phrase St. Thomas Aquinas said when Jesus asked him what he wanted in the world. Pretty similar scenario to when God asked Solomon what he wanted. The answer Aquinas gave of course, shook the very earth itself. Instead of asking for Wisdom as Solomon did, he simply said: “Only you, Lord”. Such Faith!

One of the most fundamental statements of faith is this: your life is not about you. You’re not in control. This is not your project; rather, you are part of God’s great design.

To believe this in your bones and to act accordingly is to have faith. When we operate out of this transformed vision, amazing things can happen, for we have surrendered to “a power already at work in us that can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.” Even a tiny bit of faith makes an extraordinary difference.



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Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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    The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches at 2666 that the Name “JESUS” contains all, God and man and the whole economy of creation and salvation….” and at 2668, ” the simplest way of praying always is to invoke the Name “Jesus”.
    Can we not conclude with a certitude of faith that “Jesus” is the total thought of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and it contains/IS the entire prayer of Jesus for every sinner at every point of space and time and God’s entire will for all space and time? Can we not also conclude that since God is infinitely present everywhere, thinking/praying His Name, “JESUS”, for everyone, should we not pray for the graces to resolutely unite our prayers (CCC 2741) with God praying the name JESUS in us, with us, for us, through us, for everyone, that His Name be done, His will be done, that all be given the graces to pray for the graces to acquire all the essential attributes and actions of a truly living faith that God decrees are needed so as to not have a dead or dying faith?

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