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“So, are you just going to cut it all off first?” Thus suggested I to my wife shortly after her diagnosis, a few days after we had first confirmation of the cancer that had been laying obvious waste to her body both inside and out for months, and a few days after we had first […] Read more...

TAGS: Suffering

Anyone who has experienced profound suffering knows that language is powerless to express its full reality.  Language, to the sufferer, is like a strainer when he needs a bowl; a screen when he needs glass; a net when he needs a strong, burlap sack. It captures very little of the reality of his predicament; the […] Read more...

TAGS: Brief Reflection, Suffering

Much to my delight, I discovered that the massive 1700-page volume of of the published sermons of Cardinal Newman that I recklessly purchased around the time of his beatification last year contains a whole section for Lent and the subsequent Easter, Ascension, and Whitsun (that’s “Pentecost” for non-English speakers) seasons.  While I consider it bad […] Read more...

TAGS: Books, Lent, Suffering

  We live both in a temporal and a spiritual world of forever wanting more.  Certainly, God has something to say about this.  Two weeks ago, the Gospel reading asked us, “18 If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much […] Read more...

TAGS: Lent, Saints, Suffering

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