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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
August 9, 2020
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ


We know that Jesus had emotions. We have seen them before, as when Lazarus died.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser, OMI

The Prayer of Helplessness

Dorothy Day, as you know, wasn’t raised into the faith, but came to it on her own after a certain romance with atheism.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

Walking on Water

For every Christian, there is a sorrow of the sort Paul expressed, because the sins and failures of one’s life can seem so hard to square with the promises of God.

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Gillick, SJ

A Little Faith

Elijah is on the run, making for the mountain of the covenant. We see him exhausted, frustrated, and ready to quit.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Finding God

Elijah thought he would experience God in a strong and heavy wind, or in an earthquake, or in a fire. Instead he found God in “a tiny whispering sound.”

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Braving Storms

What do you think would have helped Peter to keep walking? Ignore the wind? Keep his eyes on Jesus? What might give you help now?

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A Poem to
Sit With

J Janda

Sign of the Cross

this is a holy place

it is good to rest here

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