Tuesday 9/27/2016 Salvific Suffering:  Making Suffering Useful

Tuesday 9/27/2016 Salvific Suffering: Making Suffering Useful

“Job opened his mouth and cursed the day.”  That is how our first reading opens today.  Job cursed his day—the circumstances of his life—but he did not curse God or himself.  Job cried out to God, family, and friends in ways that faced his pain, but which did not lead him to sin.  In his […]

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Monday 9/26/16 – Could we pass the test of Job?

Monday 9/26/16 – Could we pass the test of Job?

As we begin a week of reflecting on the Book of Job, we start off with what some theologians believe is one of the most important questions posed in the Bible: Do we serve God only for ourselves and our own benefit? In other words, do we worship well when times are good, but not so […]

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Sunday, 9/25/16 – Remember What Got Us Here

Sunday, 9/25/16 – Remember What Got Us Here

I remember back when I played basketball in high school, my coach would constantly be yelling at us, “DON’T GET COMPLACENT!” Yet from time to time, that’s exactly what we did. At times we’d be satisfied with how we were playing. We’d feel content. We’d think we had it all figured out, and then we’d […]

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Saturday, 9/24/16 – Now I lay me down to sleep…

Saturday, 9/24/16 – Now I lay me down to sleep…

The first time I contemplated my own death, I was nine-years-old. I had already lost three out of four grandparents, had endured breast cancer with the remaining one, and was regularly reminded of what would happen to me in the event of my parents’ untimely demise. (Don’t misunderstand, my folks were not morbid and they […]

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Friday, 9/23/16 – An Appointed Time

Friday, 9/23/16 – An Appointed Time

For everything there is an appointed time. Looking around the world we witness individuals experiencing moments of joy, while other are simultaneously experiencing sorrow. Some are falling in love and others are falling out of love. Some are rejoicing while others are in torment. It seems that the appointed time for the full range of human […]

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Thursday, 9/22/26 – Is Life a Merry-go-round?

Thursday, 9/22/26 – Is Life a Merry-go-round?

Can you remember the first time you rode a merry-go-round? How exciting! The music was fresh and upbeat, you were sitting on a brightly painted plastic horse, there were other people riding beside you, and the scenery kept changing by the second. The merry-go-round opened us to a new world of fun! How long did […]

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Wednesday, 9/20/16 – Those Who Are Well Do Not Need a Physician, But the Sick Do

Wednesday, 9/20/16 – Those Who Are Well Do Not Need a Physician, But the Sick Do

Jesus said in today’s gospel that: “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.” I gave a little chuckle when I read these words, because coincidentally, I’m home from work today because I am sick!  What a coincidence!  I’m typing this reflection propped up in bed, typing on my laptop […]

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