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Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

Gratitude

An infant is filled with need after need after need and tells you all about them. The nine ungrateful lepers were like that. But as people grow to be adults they want to give back in response to what they have received.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

The Abuse Scandal as a Dark Night of the Soul

God doesn’t cause accidents, spread viruses, induce depression, break legs, have people die prematurely, or abuse innocent children. A conspiracy of accidents (brute history, human freedom, and sin) does that.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

Our People

Namaan became committed to the true God. He wants dirt from Israel for an altar so that he can worship the God of Israel when he goes home to Syria. So Namaan comes to Elisha as a Syrian, but he leaves Elisha as a worshiper of the Lord.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

  “Marginal” People

As Christians, we are called to have thankful worship of God, expressed in care for the lepers and blind people of our day—the poor, hungry, and homeless, the victims of war and oppression, the suffering and dying.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

The Leper

Have you ever brought sand, shells or rocks from foreign places back to your home? What does Naaman’s taking holy ground back to Syria say to you? Where is your holy ground?

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A Poem to Sit With

J. Janda


Christ Our Earth

we live

only

in Christ

this is Truth

anything

less

is delusion


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