So now the LORD God has brought His people out of the land of Egypt with mighty signs and wonders so that they will worship Him.  Furthermore, He has given Moses the Ten Commandments so that they will live in peace, not offending each other, nor Him Who gave them life and freedom.

How did the LORD God wish to be worshiped?  This passage from Exodus 20: 24 tells us.

“An altar of earth you shall make for Me, and upon it you shall sacrifice your holocausts and peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen.  In whatever place I choose for the remembrance of My Name, I come to you and bless you.”

Today there are about 1.2 billion Catholics around the world.  Catholics are free to worship God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in about 271,602 physical churches around the world with at least that many altars for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where Our LORD, Jesus comes to us every time we receive Him.

A few chapters later in Exodus, God tells Moses, “Give heed to all that I have told you.  Never mention the name of any other god; it shall not be heard from your lips. (Exodus 23:13)”    Let us pay particular attention in our lives to this statement from our loving God.  You may not realize how saturated our culture is with the glorification of pagan gods and goddesses.  Those Nike brand products you see everywhere are named after a false goddess of sport.  The Starbucks coffee shops that are springing up on too many corners are named after a siren who beckons for promiscuity.  The yoga groups in schools and even churches are based in Eastern mysticism which adores false gods and goddesses.  Don’t do yoga, don’t let your kids be indoctrinated into yoga in their public schools and fitness programs.  Especially do not do the chants associated with yoga because if you do, you are glorifying a false god or goddess and offending the God that made you and lovingly cares for you and sustains you.

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