Years ago, we had a backyard of bare ground and weeds. We desired a lawn where grandchildren could run and play. It was a project. We added soil, planted grass seed, and watered. With God’s generous sun and rain, the grass eventually grew. Yet, it did not grow everywhere. In several areas, the ground remained bare; adding more soil and seed did not help. It was puzzling. It was time to revise our yard plan.
I think one of the hardest words to hear as a child is the word, ‘no.’ I don’t think it gets much easier as an adult.
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Some people are talking about positive changes happening in their families during this time of lockdown because of the coronavirus. We are not sure about tomorrow, the only thing that we have at our disposal is this present moment.
A number of times I’ve had people come at me with an attack against the Rosary saying. “Look here what the bible says about your repetitive prayers of the Rosary …” As if our repetition of The Hail Mary was this sort of “Babbling of the Pagans” that Jesus criticizes. This is not what’s going on in the Rosary.
Pope Francis has been offering some beautiful reflections on prayer recently in his weekly audiences. Recently, he began by noting accounts of the origin of evil in the Book of Genesis. Pope Francis reminded us that we also hear of good men like Abel, Seth, Enoch and Noah. While evil seemed to be driving human events, there were also people who were living a different way.