A lay preacher received a call from another church offering him a higher salary. He spent much time in prayer, trying to discern what God wanted him to do. One day a friend met the preacher’s son on the street and enquired about his dad’s position, and if he had made a decision. The boy replied, “Well, Dad is praying, but Mom is packing!”
Families need time together to function at their best and to feel close and connected. Sometimes, because life moves at such a rapid pace, we end up trying to fit all those moments into holidays and vacations. But deep down we know we need more. We need connection with each other and with God every day to be our best.
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Every once and a while we celebrate a memorial that includes a Saint, like today’s, and that also includes their companions. This group of 120 martyrs included 33 European missionaries and 87 Chinese laypeople, who ranged from 9 to 76 years old, and who gave their life for love of God.
The fox gazes at the little prince a long time. "Please tame me!" He begs. In a way, husband and wife, 'tame' each other, if they are patient. If they are self-sacrificing, and if they give the gift of themselves to each other. With God’s help and grace, they bring joy to each other. Priests and people 'tame' each other as well, with the help of God’s grace.
This gospel today reminded me of the Old Testament story about Ruth, the daughter-in-law of Naomi. Naomi’s sons married; but both sons died and the daughters-in-law, according to tradition, were free to return to their original homeland. But ever faithful Ruth would not abandon Naomi, saying to her: "Wherever you go I shall go, wherever you live so I shall live; your people will be my people and your God will be my God too."
Growing up in a rural agrarian family, my eight siblings and I were parents raised nine of us very close to nature. We had Almost everything for all our food was produced at home, except for salt and sugar. Those were the only items my father would buy from the market...