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Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
July 15, 2018
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ


Amos, the prophet, who was a shepherd and “dresser of sycamores,” found that God wanted him for a new job. No more watching the flock, no more pruning the trees. Now he was to be a visionary.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Our Inability to Cast Out Demons

We aren’t saints, pure and simple, and only saints have the right to actually ask someone to change his or her life and have some power to affect that transformation. Why?

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

The Check is in the Mail

Is there anyone who supposes he is without blemish? And what about holy? Even to ask the question is to risk laughter, isn’t it?

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

A Genuine Apostolate

Amos is a shepherd and tree dresser, the apostles are mostly fishermen. The latter symbolize the ordinary people through whom God works for the salvation of the world.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck


Has the Holy Spirit been active in your life: guiding, fixing, enlightening, giving courage, helping you trust?

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A Poem to
Sit With

J. Janda

The Retired MD

I have seen tears
and listened

and in listening
began the healing

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