Life in Christ
To adore God is to acknowledge, in respect and absolute
submission, the “nothingness of the creature” who would not exist
but for God. To adore God is to praise and exalt him and to humble
oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude
that he has done great things and holy is his name.
of the one God sets man free from turning in on himself, from the
slavery of sin and the idolatry of the world.
The acts of faith, hope, and charity enjoined by the first
commandment are accomplished in prayer. Lifting up the mind
toward God is an expression of our adoration of God: prayer of
praise and thanksgiving, intercession and petition. Prayer is an
indispensable condition for being able to obey God’s command
ments. “[We] ought always to pray and not lose heart.”
It is right to offer sacrifice to God as a sign of adoration and
gratitude, supplication and communion: “Every action done so as
to cling to God in communion of holiness, and thus achieve bless
edness, is a true sacrifice.”
Outward sacrifice, to be genuine, must be the expression
of spiritual sacrifice: “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken
spirit. . . .”
The prophets of the Old Covenant often denounced
sacrifices that were not from the heart or not coupled with love of
Jesus recalls the words of the prophet Hosea: “I desire
mercy, and not sacrifice.”
The only perfect sacrifice is the one that
Christ offered on the cross as a total offering to the Father’s love
and for our salvation.
By uniting ourselves with his sacrifice we
can make our lives a sacrifice to God.
16 St. Augustine,
De civ. Dei
10, 6: PL 41, 283.
9:13; 12:7; cf.