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September 30, 2016

St. Jerome

Lk 10: 13-16

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But at the judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The More, the Most

A favorite fresco is that of St. Jerome by Domenico Ghirlandaio in the church of Ognissanti in Florence, Italy. It’s an elaborate renaissance (1480) depiction of Jerome that tells you he was a doctor of the church, famous for translating the bible into Latin.

St. Jerome was really a 5TH century ascetic scholar who legend says once lived in the same cave where Jesus was born.  But, no matter, because what we think is striking about the painting is its capturing of a precise moment in time versus a static portrait of St. Jerome. Jerome has stopped his work and inquisitively looked up and out. One wonders what has interrupted his life’s work.

We know from his writings, in response to the refugee crisis upon the sack of Rome, that he said, “I have put aside all study. For today we must translate the precepts of the Scriptures into deeds; instead of speaking saintly words we must act on them.”  St. Jerome, so close to the Lord and attuned to the movement of the Holy Spirit, is perhaps shown in this fresco at a moment of immediate and decisive discernment, resulting in abandoning his scholarly mission and acting on a call to the more, the most.

Am I growing in my closeness to Jesus that I may be keenly aware of and ready to act on his call to the more, the most?

 —Marty Massiello, a hospital administrator, and Jeff Weyant, an artist and designer, work in Palm Springs CA. They are members of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and active at Verbum Dei, the Cristo Rey high school in Los Angeles CA.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to see not only what I have done for you, and what I am doing for you, but to see what more I can do for you. Amen.

 

 

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Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to see not only what I have done for you, and what I am doing for you, but to see what more I can do for you. Amen.

 

 

 

 

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The More, the Most

A favorite fresco is that of St. Jerome by Domenico Ghirlandaio in the church of Ognissanti in Florence, Italy. It’s an elaborate renaissance (1480) depiction of Jerome that tells you he was a doctor of the church, famous for translating the bible into Latin.

St. Jerome was really a 5TH century ascetic scholar who legend says once lived in the same cave where Jesus was born.  But, no matter, because what we think is striking about the painting is its capturing of a precise moment in time versus a static portrait of St. Jerome. Jerome has stopped his work and inquisitively looked up and out. One wonders what has interrupted his life’s work.

We know from his writings, in response to the refugee crisis upon the sack of Rome, that he said, “I have put aside all study. For today we must translate the precepts of the Scriptures into deeds; instead of speaking saintly words we must act on them.”  St. Jerome, so close to the Lord and attuned to the movement of the Holy Spirit, is perhaps shown in this fresco at a moment of immediate and decisive discernment, resulting in abandoning his scholarly mission and acting on a call to the more, the most.

Am I growing in my closeness to Jesus that I may be keenly aware of and ready to act on his call to the more, the most?

 —Marty Massiello, a hospital administrator, and Jeff Weyant, an artist and designer, work in Palm Springs CA. They are members of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and active at Verbum Dei, the Cristo Rey high school in Los Angeles CA.

 

 

 

 

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St. Jerome

Lk 10: 13-16

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But at the judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

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September 29, 2016

Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, archangels

Jn 1: 47-51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” 

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Healing – Proclaiming – Protecting

Today we celebrate the feast of the Archangels. These three archangels help God’s people in diverse ways throughout Scripture: Raphael heals, Gabriel proclaims, and Michael protects. These angelic duties are ones we can participate in as well. How do I help those in my life find healing and hope? How do I joyfully proclaim the truth about Jesus? How do I fight against evil and protect the vulnerable?

In today’s Gospel, Nathanael meets Jesus and is taken aback. Jesus knows a small detail about Nathanael’s life, but Jesus affirms Nathanael’s faith and honesty. He promises Nathanael that he’ll see even more amazing things if he follows Jesus as a disciple. How many of us are like Nathanael, expecting that we aren’t noticed? Sometimes it’s easy to feel like our small acts of faith are sidelined by more important people or attention-grabbing headlines, but Jesus sees into our hearts like he saw Nathanael’s. Each of us is invited to share in Jesus’ life and mission. He promises us all “greater things.” Do I take him at his word?

—Maggie Melchior is a convert to the Catholic faith. She currently serves as Coordinator of New Evangelization and Faith Formation at St. Paul Parish, Combined Locks, WI, in the Diocese of Green Bay.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, you have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth.
Saint Michael is our protector, I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger.
Saint Gabriel is a messenger for the Good News, I ask him to help me clearly, hear your voice and to teach me the truth. Saint Raphael is the healing angel, I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to your throne of grace and deliver back to us the gift of recovery.

Help us, O Lord, to realize more fully the presence of the archangels and their desire to serve us.
Holy Angels pray for us. Amen

 

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Prayer

Heavenly Father, you have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth. 
Saint Michael is our protector, I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger. 
Saint Gabriel is a messenger for the Good News, I ask him to help me clearly, hear your voice and to teach me the truth. Saint Raphael is the healing angel, I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to your throne of grace and deliver back to us the gift of recovery. 

Help us, O Lord, to realize more fully the presence of the archangels and their desire to serve us. 
Holy Angels pray for us. Amen

 

 

 

 

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Healing – Proclaiming – Protecting

Today we celebrate the feast of the Archangels. These three archangels help God’s people in diverse ways throughout Scripture: Raphael heals, Gabriel proclaims, and Michael protects. These angelic duties are ones we can participate in as well. How do I help those in my life find healing and hope? How do I joyfully proclaim the truth about Jesus? How do I fight against evil and protect the vulnerable?

In today’s Gospel, Nathanael meets Jesus and is taken aback. Jesus knows a small detail about Nathanael’s life, but Jesus affirms Nathanael’s faith and honesty. He promises Nathanael that he’ll see even more amazing things if he follows Jesus as a disciple. How many of us are like Nathanael, expecting that we aren’t noticed? Sometimes it’s easy to feel like our small acts of faith are sidelined by more important people or attention-grabbing headlines, but Jesus sees into our hearts like he saw Nathanael’s. Each of us is invited to share in Jesus’ life and mission. He promises us all “greater things.” Do I take him at his word?

—Maggie Melchior is a convert to the Catholic faith. She currently serves as Coordinator of New Evangelization and Faith Formation at St. Paul Parish, Combined Locks, WI, in the Diocese of Green Bay.

 

 

 

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Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, archangels

Jn 1: 47-51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” 

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

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September 28, 2016

St. Lawrence Ruiz

Lk 9: 57-62

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

For A Brighter Future

Sister Hellen suffered the consequences of conflict in northern Uganda and lived as a refugee throughout her childhood. But Sr. Hellen does not look to what was left behind. She knows education can brighten the future for all.

 “Today, I teach thousands of refugees (at the Jesuit Refugee Service Center in Kampala), because I know that the most important thing in life is to learn and to communicate,” says Sr. Hellen.

 Urban refugees face many challenges in Uganda and elsewhere. “We know that those who cannot find jobs have no way of sending their children to school,” says Sr. Hellen. “There are too many children still left at home and not able to read or write in this modern age! “

 “When children attend school, the future of the entire family becomes brighter. In school, children become responsible because their minds and hearts become more open and they learn how to practically use their skills.”

—Christian Fuchs serves as Communications Director for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

Prayer

Jesus Christ, Lord of all learning, you sat in the midst of the teachers and doctors, hearing their words and questioning their conclusions. Encourage all those who teach our people. May they stand tall as teachers of human dignity and purpose. Let them enjoy with you the reward of a person made whole, made wise through your lasting intercessio and love. Amen.

—from For You, O God, © 1998, Loyola University Chicago

 

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Prayer

Jesus Christ, Lord of all learning, you sat in the midst of the teachers and doctors, hearing their words and questioning their conclusions. Encourage all those who teach our people. May they stand tall as teachers of human dignity and purpose. Let them enjoy with you the reward of a person made whole, made wise through your lasting intercessio and love. Amen.

—from For You, O God, © 1998, Loyola University Chicago

 

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St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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September 30, 2016

St. Jerome

Lk 10: 13-16

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But at the judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The More, the Most

A favorite fresco is that of St. Jerome by Domenico Ghirlandaio in the church of Ognissanti in Florence, Italy. It’s an elaborate renaissance (1480) depiction of Jerome that tells you he was a doctor of the church, famous for translating the bible into Latin.

St. Jerome was really a 5TH century ascetic scholar who legend says once lived in the same cave where Jesus was born.  But, no matter, because what we think is striking about the painting is its capturing of a precise moment in time versus a static portrait of St. Jerome. Jerome has stopped his work and inquisitively looked up and out. One wonders what has interrupted his life’s work.

We know from his writings, in response to the refugee crisis upon the sack of Rome, that he said, “I have put aside all study. For today we must translate the precepts of the Scriptures into deeds; instead of speaking saintly words we must act on them.”  St. Jerome, so close to the Lord and attuned to the movement of the Holy Spirit, is perhaps shown in this fresco at a moment of immediate and decisive discernment, resulting in abandoning his scholarly mission and acting on a call to the more, the most.

Am I growing in my closeness to Jesus that I may be keenly aware of and ready to act on his call to the more, the most?

 —Marty Massiello, a hospital administrator, and Jeff Weyant, an artist and designer, work in Palm Springs CA. They are members of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and active at Verbum Dei, the Cristo Rey high school in Los Angeles CA.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to see not only what I have done for you, and what I am doing for you, but to see what more I can do for you. Amen.

 

 

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Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to see not only what I have done for you, and what I am doing for you, but to see what more I can do for you. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


The More, the Most

A favorite fresco is that of St. Jerome by Domenico Ghirlandaio in the church of Ognissanti in Florence, Italy. It’s an elaborate renaissance (1480) depiction of Jerome that tells you he was a doctor of the church, famous for translating the bible into Latin.

St. Jerome was really a 5TH century ascetic scholar who legend says once lived in the same cave where Jesus was born.  But, no matter, because what we think is striking about the painting is its capturing of a precise moment in time versus a static portrait of St. Jerome. Jerome has stopped his work and inquisitively looked up and out. One wonders what has interrupted his life’s work.

We know from his writings, in response to the refugee crisis upon the sack of Rome, that he said, “I have put aside all study. For today we must translate the precepts of the Scriptures into deeds; instead of speaking saintly words we must act on them.”  St. Jerome, so close to the Lord and attuned to the movement of the Holy Spirit, is perhaps shown in this fresco at a moment of immediate and decisive discernment, resulting in abandoning his scholarly mission and acting on a call to the more, the most.

Am I growing in my closeness to Jesus that I may be keenly aware of and ready to act on his call to the more, the most?

 —Marty Massiello, a hospital administrator, and Jeff Weyant, an artist and designer, work in Palm Springs CA. They are members of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and active at Verbum Dei, the Cristo Rey high school in Los Angeles CA.

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


St. Jerome

Lk 10: 13-16

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But at the judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

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September 29, 2016

Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, archangels

Jn 1: 47-51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” 

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Healing – Proclaiming – Protecting

Today we celebrate the feast of the Archangels. These three archangels help God’s people in diverse ways throughout Scripture: Raphael heals, Gabriel proclaims, and Michael protects. These angelic duties are ones we can participate in as well. How do I help those in my life find healing and hope? How do I joyfully proclaim the truth about Jesus? How do I fight against evil and protect the vulnerable?

In today’s Gospel, Nathanael meets Jesus and is taken aback. Jesus knows a small detail about Nathanael’s life, but Jesus affirms Nathanael’s faith and honesty. He promises Nathanael that he’ll see even more amazing things if he follows Jesus as a disciple. How many of us are like Nathanael, expecting that we aren’t noticed? Sometimes it’s easy to feel like our small acts of faith are sidelined by more important people or attention-grabbing headlines, but Jesus sees into our hearts like he saw Nathanael’s. Each of us is invited to share in Jesus’ life and mission. He promises us all “greater things.” Do I take him at his word?

—Maggie Melchior is a convert to the Catholic faith. She currently serves as Coordinator of New Evangelization and Faith Formation at St. Paul Parish, Combined Locks, WI, in the Diocese of Green Bay.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, you have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth.
Saint Michael is our protector, I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger.
Saint Gabriel is a messenger for the Good News, I ask him to help me clearly, hear your voice and to teach me the truth. Saint Raphael is the healing angel, I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to your throne of grace and deliver back to us the gift of recovery.

Help us, O Lord, to realize more fully the presence of the archangels and their desire to serve us.
Holy Angels pray for us. Amen

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Heavenly Father, you have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth. 
Saint Michael is our protector, I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger. 
Saint Gabriel is a messenger for the Good News, I ask him to help me clearly, hear your voice and to teach me the truth. Saint Raphael is the healing angel, I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to your throne of grace and deliver back to us the gift of recovery. 

Help us, O Lord, to realize more fully the presence of the archangels and their desire to serve us. 
Holy Angels pray for us. Amen

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Healing – Proclaiming – Protecting

Today we celebrate the feast of the Archangels. These three archangels help God’s people in diverse ways throughout Scripture: Raphael heals, Gabriel proclaims, and Michael protects. These angelic duties are ones we can participate in as well. How do I help those in my life find healing and hope? How do I joyfully proclaim the truth about Jesus? How do I fight against evil and protect the vulnerable?

In today’s Gospel, Nathanael meets Jesus and is taken aback. Jesus knows a small detail about Nathanael’s life, but Jesus affirms Nathanael’s faith and honesty. He promises Nathanael that he’ll see even more amazing things if he follows Jesus as a disciple. How many of us are like Nathanael, expecting that we aren’t noticed? Sometimes it’s easy to feel like our small acts of faith are sidelined by more important people or attention-grabbing headlines, but Jesus sees into our hearts like he saw Nathanael’s. Each of us is invited to share in Jesus’ life and mission. He promises us all “greater things.” Do I take him at his word?

—Maggie Melchior is a convert to the Catholic faith. She currently serves as Coordinator of New Evangelization and Faith Formation at St. Paul Parish, Combined Locks, WI, in the Diocese of Green Bay.

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, archangels

Jn 1: 47-51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” 

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


September 28, 2016

St. Lawrence Ruiz

Lk 9: 57-62

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

For A Brighter Future

Sister Hellen suffered the consequences of conflict in northern Uganda and lived as a refugee throughout her childhood. But Sr. Hellen does not look to what was left behind. She knows education can brighten the future for all.

 “Today, I teach thousands of refugees (at the Jesuit Refugee Service Center in Kampala), because I know that the most important thing in life is to learn and to communicate,” says Sr. Hellen.

 Urban refugees face many challenges in Uganda and elsewhere. “We know that those who cannot find jobs have no way of sending their children to school,” says Sr. Hellen. “There are too many children still left at home and not able to read or write in this modern age! “

 “When children attend school, the future of the entire family becomes brighter. In school, children become responsible because their minds and hearts become more open and they learn how to practically use their skills.”

—Christian Fuchs serves as Communications Director for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

Prayer

Jesus Christ, Lord of all learning, you sat in the midst of the teachers and doctors, hearing their words and questioning their conclusions. Encourage all those who teach our people. May they stand tall as teachers of human dignity and purpose. Let them enjoy with you the reward of a person made whole, made wise through your lasting intercessio and love. Amen.

—from For You, O God, © 1998, Loyola University Chicago

 

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Prayer

Jesus Christ, Lord of all learning, you sat in the midst of the teachers and doctors, hearing their words and questioning their conclusions. Encourage all those who teach our people. May they stand tall as teachers of human dignity and purpose. Let them enjoy with you the reward of a person made whole, made wise through your lasting intercessio and love. Amen.

—from For You, O God, © 1998, Loyola University Chicago

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!