Tag: suffering

Psalm 22 – My God, My God

 April 30, 2024

On the cross, Jesus cries out the words from Psalm 22 – My God, my God. He then goes on to ask, “Why have you forsaken me?” Is it a cry of abandonment or the ultimate statement of faith? Psalm 22:1-21 In the first verses we hear the writer crying out to God in despair: […]

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Stigmata – Hidden Wounds

 March 28, 2023

People new to the Catholic faith are often fascinated by the “extraordinary” – tales of saints that lived outstanding lives, stories of miracles. They often ask about stigmata, such a tiny part of the beautiful history of the faith. But I’ve discovered a newfound appreciation for stigmata recently through the life of Francis of Assisi, […]

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What Is Godly Sorrow?

 May 4, 2021

We all experience sorrow and suffering in life. Many are suffering now because of losses brought on by COVID19—losses of loved ones, livelihood, way of life. Paul, in Second Corinthians 7:10-13, speaks of worldly sorrow and Godly sorrow. But what makes one sorrow Godly and the other worldly? How do you tell them apart? What […]

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Psalm 126: Through the Cross to Resurrection

 May 28, 2020

Have you ever awoken from a nightmare, relieved to know it had only been a dream? You may be disoriented for a while as you adjust to reality. Imagine Mary Magdalene on Easter morning, how confused she must have been when she first saw Jesus. Was this a dream? Or was this reality and the […]

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Psalm 102: Like A Worn-Out Garment

 December 12, 2019

There are days I feel like a worn-out piece of clothing, worse for wear but not ready to be thrown away just yet. Like everyone and everything on this earth, I am getting older and with that territory comes a certain amount of wear and tear. I struggle with indigestion, me, whose favorite lunch used […]

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Thoughts on Current Immigration Crisis

 July 10, 2019

This post was first published in July of 2014. Back then the immigration crisis involved unaccompanied children coming to our country, now we have whole families. The words remain relevant. Immigration Crisis of 2014 From blog post of 2014 – With all of the news recently about the situation of thousands of children coming to […]

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Psalm 74: Where was God?

 May 28, 2019

Where was God when the Twin Towers fell? When the tsunami swept away thousands of lives in Indonesia? When the woman was brutally raped and murdered? The child abused? Christians beheaded by ISIS? Where was God? Psalm 74 is a lament of the community that asks this question. Where was God when the Temple was […]

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Psalm 73:  Are You Green with Envy?

 May 21, 2019

“Truly God is good to the upright, to those who are pure in heart.” (1) Thus begins Psalm 73. The psalm ends with words of confident trust, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.” (26) But the path to reach this faith […]

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Psalm 69: Dealing with Dark Days

 April 23, 2019

We just celebrated Holy Week and are now in the season of Easter, a time for celebration and new life. Yet not everyone is rejoicing. The sun may be shining, flowers blooming, but those dealing with depression find little reason for celebrating. They are stuck in somber Saturday, alone with Jesus in the tomb. Psalm […]

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