Morning Thoughts: The Sovereignty of Good


The Lord be with you.

—And with your spirit.

Lift up your hearts.

—We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

—It is right and just.

(The beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer, The Order of Mass)

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The next right thing.

Sometimes it is just that simple.

In fact, it is always that simple.

But to silly people like us, simple is not good enough.

It’s not complex enough.

Not sophisticated enough.

Not civilized enough.

Not cultured enough.

Not smart enough.

“Simple” lacks “nuance” and “subtlety”.

“Simple” contains nothing of the triune god of highly-refined society: arrogance, ambition, and ambiguity.

“Simple” is simply not good enough for you and me.

But it is for God.

He is simply great.

He is “right and just.”

Let’s simply be like Him.

Believe the next right thing.

Hope the next right thing.

Love the next right thing.

For the next right “thing” is God Himself.

For God is Good.

And He is Love.

Let us love then.

One step at a time.

One breath at a time.

One charitable conception, thought, and decision at a time.

Let us be like God.

Let us be amazingly simple.

Let us be simply amazing.

— “It is right and just.”


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It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord.

(Common Preface I, Eucharistic Prayer, The Order of Mass)

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—Howard Hain

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Morning Thoughts: The Sovereignty of Good

  1. Amen.
    Thank You God, Lord of the simple.
    Thank You, Howard, friend & brother to the simple.

  2. Berta

    Love is simply the most important thing we can do. If we can just be as humble and pure of thought, like our Lord Jesus Christ, what a simple and wonderful world we would live in. We praise You, my Lord, for the LOVE You have for us! May we be able to return even a fraction of that love not only to You, my Lord Jesus, my Triune God, but to all that we meet.

  3. Lucian Clark

    “The next right thing” is indeed just and right, hopeful and even simple. But for some, from their starting point, the next right thing could be terrifying but also freeing and enabling. So we can always begin taking the next step for the next right thing by asking for the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change what we can and, of course, the wisdom to know the difference.”

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