The Ancient Path to God
Thus says the LORD: “Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls…” Jeremiah 6:16
“The Book of Jeremiah combines history, biography, and prophecy. It portrays a nation in crisis and introduces the reader to an extraordinary leader upon whom the Lord placed the heavy burden of the prophetic office. Jeremiah was born about 650 BC of a priestly family from the little village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem. While still very young he was called to his task.” (From the introductory notes for the Book of Jeremiah of the New American Bible, Catholic Edition)
“In their ‘one to one’ encounters with God,the prophets draw light and strength for their mission. Their prayer is not flight from this unfaithful world, but either attentiveness to The Word of God. At times their prayer is an argument or a complaint, but it is always an intercession that awaits and prepares for the intervention of the Savior God, the Lord of History.” (From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph number 2584, which refers the reader to Amos 7:2,5; Isaiah 6:5,8,11; Jeremiah 1:6, 15:15-18, and 20:7-18.